Wow, ok, this is freaky.

New computer. Fedora Silverblue 36. Not signed into anything. Location services is on (using Mozilla location services). I’ve been living in Ireland now for 3+ years.

I open GNOME Maps app. I grant it location access. I press the “Go to current location” button.

It goes to the exact location of the home we had in Malmö, Sweden.

What. The. Fuck?

OK, so I have no idea how that’s possible. Mozilla must have somehow cached that location but how do they know it’s me?


Fucking hell, as some of you have pointed out in the comments, also, it’s tied to my router. I have the same router I had in Malmö. If this is not a GDPR violation, I have no idea what is.

So Mozilla – Defender of Privacy™ – is storing my location history, tied to my router, without ever having gotten consent from me to do so.

This is a fucking scandal.

@aral @mozilla is giving quite a few ~negative~ surprises lately.
What is happening?

@mihira @aral @mozilla

He he, even that mozilla fedi account you linked, is apparently listen-only. Maybe it scraped our info just now ;)

@mihira @aral @mozilla

* starting sentiment analysis

<grind, grind>

* BEEP. Not positive

* submit user profiles for auction


* buyer found, cash received

@aral when you broadcast your presence in public by connecting to the public internet ...

It's kind of impossible to not have a location related to your wifi router, it doesn't even need your consent. I frequently gather and share nearby WiFi networks and radio cells with my GPS on during my walking, to improve libre/free databases like the Mozilla one. So it's not necessary to have your explicit consent to know where your router is, but anyone can gather and share that information. It's not related to your identity in any way, tho, it's just a Mac address geolocated somewhere

@aral hmmm... would love to check that but I dont use Gnome ... but the app is installed.

But launching it I got :
(org.gnome.Maps:2917014): folks-WARNING **: 16:46:51.336: Failed to find primary PersonaStore with type ID 'eds' and ID 'system-address-book'.
Individuals will not be linked properly and creating new links between Personas will not work.
The configured primary PersonaStore's backend may not be installed. If you are unsure, check with your distribution.

I guess I'm alright 😅

@aral To better understand your position here: if you don't like the way Mozilla's geolocation works, what would you say about, that's basically the same approach, but the data about your WiFi AP collected by users are stored at their phones and serve to only those users?

@aral How is the router being identified then? The mac address is not exiting the LAN, is it?

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