SEVERAL JOURNALISTS whose work I read have become "cellphone Amish" in the way they they approach mobile phones that run location-aware software. There is a popular misconception that when you let Google Latitude onto your phone, the world knows exactly where you are located. That never was the case, because you need to approve the sharing of your location. And if you decide to spoof your location with Google hiding your movements, that's a simple thing to do. Yesterday, while running with Latitude on a 170-mile round trip (see above), I ran Latitude on my Nokia E90 while simultaneously running Nokia Maps. When the two applications run simultaneously, with Nokia Maps in an active navigation mode, Latitude parks your location somewhere along your journey. In my case, I sat idle in the town of Boher while all my other contacts in Latitude were similarly parked where they were last spotted. My first-hand experience suggests Google Latitude is a tool that works so well that it shuts down when you tell it to keep things to itself.
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