- some stuff from my User Agent string (changing it to IE11 made it think I'm on Windows 8)
- my public IP, network provider and approx. downstream speed.
I don't use Facebook or Google so I don't know if those things would have worked.
None of the network scanning worked, it didn't use the geolocation stuff, etc.
If Chrome/Firefox/IE do allow access to all/some of those things without prompting, jesus titty fucking christ.
All of you claiming "Safari is the new IE6" need to perhaps pay attention.
Google has a vested interest in pushing browser technologies regardless the cost to privacy or user security - their ChromeOS devices depend on a world where web apps can do everything.
All in all, not very spooky with Safari at least.
I assume (because mine didn't show anything) that it's relying on the browser leaking it's device-detected location without prompting?
After your comment I loaded the page again, and sure enough it shows a very specific, but quite wrong location. Wrong province wrong.
I actually got better GeoIP results than that (down to the local city) on my old broadband connection. I just tried it now (we moved 2KM and changed ISP, from DOCSIS to ADSL) and all I get is the country now - possibly because its dynamic whereas our DOCSIS IP never seemed to change.
So it's kind of creepy on Google's part that they even offer this service, but the data seems to be so woefully useless that I can't believe anyone would actually use it.