Residents take action against satnav map

Categories:Outdated data or maps

DATE: 2009-11-04
PLACE: Salisbury
COUNTRY: UK

DESCRIPTION: Angry residents in Salisbury have erected a sign in an effort to warn motorists that their satnav maps are wrong and the road they are driving along is in fact a dead end.

GPS Spoofing

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2008-09-19
PLACE:
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: To test out GPS security, researchers demonstrate how to steal a cargo truck and get away with it. Cargo trucks generally contain a GPS tracking device which relays position and speed information to a central office. This enables freight companies to track their drivers’ locations and ensure that trucks are on course. If a truck veers off course, it sets off an alarm at headquarters. If an attacker could falsify or “spoof” GPS information, he or she could hijack the truck and steal the cargo without being noticed.

GPS blamed for home demolition

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2009-02-10
PLACE: Carroll County
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: Homeowner Al Byrd relayed a conversation with the wrecking crew in which they indicated that the GPS coordinates led them to that address and the house matched the description they had. A terrible mistake resulted in a house that Byrd’s father built himself in 1950 and still held family heirlooms being completely leveled.

Swedish couple lost after GPS typo

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2009-07-29
PLACE: Capri Island
COUNTRY: Italy

DESCRIPTION: A Swedish couple looking for the pristine waters of the popular island of Capri ended some 400 miles (660 kilometres) away in the northern industrial town of Carpi after misspelling the destination on their car’s GPS.

Apple joins lobby against warrantless data inspection

Categories:Uncategorized

DATE: 2011-09-26
PLACE:
COUNTRY:

DESCRIPTION: Consumer technology giant joins campaign calling for stricter rules on US government inspection of customer data.

Directions using GPS or Internet mapping applications

Categories:Warnings

DATE:
PLACE: Point Reyes, California
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: An example of warning about using internet mapping applications for locations in a US National Park.

Seven weeks in wilderness

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2011-10-04
PLACE: British Columbia
COUNTRY: Canada

DESCRIPTION: Unaware that GPS directions omit seasonal conditions, a couple took a road that became impassable after nine kilometres of travel. The man got lost searching for help. The woman was rescued after 49 days.

Floridian woman caught by Google Street View cameras

Categories:Privacy

DATE: 2011-09-12
PLACE: Florida
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: Google’s Street View cameras caught a woman on her porch naked; they’ve since blurred the image.

An irresponsible radiation map published in the New York Times

Categories:Inaccurate map

DATE: 2011-03-22
PLACE: The Map Room
COUNTRY:

DESCRIPTION: Because the map legend was completely arbitrary and relative, there was no way of telling whether the radiation being depicted was extremely minor or something more severe.

Four people were killed and more than 35 homes destroyed after a pipeline exploded

Categories:Errors in database

DATE: 2011-02-13
PLACE: San Bruno, California
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: Omissions or data-entry errors made when the central management system was developed – and left uncorrected – may explain why Pacific Gas and Electric Co was unaware that the 1956-vintage pipeline had been built with a seam.