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Re: [ietf-smtp] [Shutup] Proposed Charter for the "SMTP Headers Unhealthy To User Privacy" WG (fwd)

2015-12-02 08:19:32
On 02/12/2015 14:03, Ted Lemon wrote:
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 4:37 AM Paul Smith wrote:
How well does it work for other people? For me, it gives me the country fairly 
reliably, and nothing else reliably at all.
I use google maps to check the accuracy of geolocation, from my laptop, which 
doesn't have GPS.   At home, in a small town in a sparsely populated region, 
it's accurate to about fifteen miles.   In New York, it's accurate to a few 
blocks.  In Herndon, Virginia, it's similarly accurate.   It was able to 
geolocate me during my train rides to and from DC last week with about ten mile 
accuracy, which is pretty impressive.

This is sufficient accuracy to tell that I'm out of town, and it's also 
sufficient to give a social engineer enough information to zero in on me.   If 
all you know is that I'm in the U.S., finding records about me is hard; if you 
know what town I live in, it's a lot easier.

Maybe the US is different. In the UK, it generally gives random locations which have no relation to reality, or probably just the ISP's location.

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