Google Latitude is fallible
October 19, 2010 9:04 AM   Subscribe

How do I tell Google Latitude that my parents' home network has moved location?

My parents moved recently. Whilst visiting them last weekend, I noticed that Google Latitude marked my location as being at their old house (about 100 miles away) - presumably because their data shows my parents' home network as being located there.

Now that they've moved, and brought their network with them, is there any way to get Google Latitude to acknowledge this change in location?
posted by bent back tulips to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
You will probably have to wait until they do a new survey
posted by Threeway Handshake at 9:16 AM on October 19, 2010

Do you have access to an Android phone? If sending anonymous tracking data is enabled is the phone settings, it will send updated locations of any WiFi networks that it comes across.
posted by niles at 9:43 AM on October 19, 2010

Best answer: This thread in Google forums might help explain things.

I had a similar problem (but not with Google Latitude) when I moved recently. Evidently some companies tie your location with your router's MAC Address and it takes awhile for the databases to update. I had updated my location through Skyhook, although it still took a few weeks.
posted by FreezBoy at 10:27 AM on October 19, 2010

Best answer: ... and I actually meant this thread, as there's a response from a Google employee.
posted by FreezBoy at 10:29 AM on October 19, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks - that looks like a reasonable solution - I'll give it a go.
posted by bent back tulips at 10:34 AM on October 19, 2010

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