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Google’s guessing games #privacy #humor

Imagine my surprise today when a google search result showed my location below the search results (nil).

Virar West, Virar, Maharashtra – From your Internet address – Use precise location
 – Learn more

I live in Virar East, so the guess was off by a few kilometers. Curious to see how accurate it gets, I allowed it to use “precise location”.

Result?

Friends Colony, Hallow Pul, Kurla West, Mumbai, Maharashtra – Reported by this computer – Update location
 – Learn more

That would be a few dozen kilometers away with an entire Lok Sabha Constituency lying in between mine and the stated target area’s :p

Moral of the story? If you live in an area barely covered by Google Maps, you’d probably do better activating snooping stuff to obfuscate your location :p

Note: this was funny and an obvious backfiring of “precision” if it added an error that put the location in another district altogether. Your mileage may vary. This is not a serious privacy tip :p