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    You know those ads on online news pages like "XXX left stunned by this new laser eye surgery" where XXX is your approximate location that is easily obtained from the IP address?

    One on The Independent today has XXX as my small village. Where did they get that from? I have not signed up for The Independent or any such ads and Bing Maps centres on the usual large town about ten miles away.

    Odd. Any Ideas? Cheas.
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    Your IP address can be tagged with location depending on the ISP.

    Normally just for fixed line connections, mobiles etc all seem to route down to the South of England no matter where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    You know those ads on online news pages like "XXX left stunned by this new laser eye surgery" where XXX is your approximate location that is easily obtained from the IP address?

    One on The Independent today has XXX as my small village. Where did they get that from? I have not signed up for The Independent or any such ads and Bing Maps centres on the usual large town about ten miles away.

    Odd. Any Ideas? Cheas.
    The Ad companies also source info from social media and other sources and pipe it through Google ad's which has access to your search history etc. They use that to work out what you might be interested in and where you probably are.
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    Default How would a website find your exact location?

    Anytime you google anything it's stored, analysed and monetised. Google make a mint out of you and hope to make even more when they link your card transactions to your internet viewing.

    Google Tag Manager is where it's at, baby...

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    Cheers all. Thought I had all the Google spy stuff turned off but will check. Didn't know that location tag thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    Cheers all. Thought I had all the Google spy stuff turned off but will check. Didn't know that location tag thing.
    If it's a mobile phone, could it be some app on the phone is sending to Google the names of Wifi nodes advertising their presence in the vicinity?

    ISTR Google were in the dog house a few years ago for recording these as part of their Google Street Map survey.

    Of course these names constantly change, and will have changed considerably since that survey, but presumably if they monitor a constant real-time stream of these, from millions of phones, then by a mixture of network analysis and geo thingummygigging (?) presumably they can generally narrow down the location of each fairly accurately, and hence the location of your phone.
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    it's annoying that around my town there are always MILFs being advertised as needing a good seeing to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    it's annoying that around my town there are always MILFs being advertised as needing a good seeing to.
    Yeah within a mile and a half apparently.

    Chubbers available 3.7 miles away....

    Have you ever clicked just to see what happens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    Yeah within a mile and a half apparently.

    Chubbers available 3.7 miles away....

    Have you ever clicked just to see what happens?
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    it's annoying that around my town there are always MILFs being advertised as needing a good seeing to
    I assume you look at xnxx or similar. Same here, always just a mile or two away feeling horny. Not tried clicking, obviously phoney.
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