Microsoft Shares Source Code of Windows Phone 7 Wi-Fi Data Collection Software

Windows Phone division president Andy Lees recently talked about the privacy principles that were used in designing location-based services on Windows Phone 7."As part of our ongoing commitment to consumer privacy, we are taking an additional step to provide even more transparency about how we gather information through managed driving to provide location-based services," informs […]

Windows Phone division president Andy Lees recently talked about the privacy principles that were used in designing location-based services on Windows Phone 7.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to consumer privacy, we are taking an additional step to provide even more transparency about how we gather information through managed driving to provide location-based services," informs Reid Kuhn, Partner Group Program Manager, Windows Phone Engineering Team, Microsoft. "In this context, Microsoft is sharing relevant portions of the source code for its managed driving data collection software to provide those interested an opportunity to review the code we use for collection of such information," announced Kuhn.

"The source code is hosted on the MSDN web site. The source code demonstrates both the type and amount of data we collect when surveying Wi-Fi access points through managed driving."

"The code, developed by the Windows Phone Engineering team, uses publicly documented interfaces for accessing cell tower, Wi-Fi data access point and GPS data. In addition to collecting and uploading GPS, Wi-Fi and cell data, it also includes other management and administrative functions related to provisioning, self-upgrade, self-recovery and diagnostics," Kuhn said.

"Additionally, and important for respecting consumer privacy, "the software doesn't intercept wireless data transmissions from consumers' computers (so called "payload" data)." The software neither observes nor records any information that may contain user content transmitted over a network. At Microsoft, we place a priority on privacy and take steps to help ensure that our products and services protect consumers' information. Sharing this source code, and developing Windows Phone 7 with privacy in mind, is part of that commitment," added Kuhn.

The source code is available here.

[Source: Microsoft on the Issue]