I can not think of any reason why I would need geoclue to provide location data to any app as I use a vpn anyway. Looking at the Arch manual on geoclue. I should be able to set everything to false, and that would pretty much shut it down wouldnt it?

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I would just mask the service and be done with it.

Edit: Can I disable geoclue?


Uh,I don t remember making that thread. :face_with_peeking_eye: but thank you. Call me paranoid I guess…The geoclue.conf file states the below packages need geoclue. The only package in list that I could find in Plasma is webkitgtk.

Required By : gammastep gnome-calendar gnome-clocks gnome-initial-setup gnome-maps gnome-settings-daemon gnome-weather pantheon-calendar pantheon-geoclue2-agent pantheon-settings-daemon
pantheon-tasks qreator ukui-settings-daemon viking xdg-desktop-portal
Optional For : darkman enlightenment gajim qt6-positioning redshift webkit2gtk webkit2gtk-4.1 webkitgtk-6.0 wpewebkit

For kicks I tried to see if my location is getting out. It does not seem to be, so I guess I can put my tin foil hat back in the closet for now.

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the hat is easier to put at arm’s length the more info you get.
but I digress.

how your bank knows its you
how craigslist knows your city when you go there
how many websites know your city when you shop at them
how an .iso knows where you are before you even install it
how google/bing/apple maps opens up right to your city when you type in “Carl’s Jr.”
my hardware store, my walmart, everywhere

here’s what I mean about ‘arm’s length.’ from my understanding (research) it’s more your IP address that makes all that ^^ possible. geoclue has a much smaller role/footprint in a linux ecosystem.

If my research is correct–or more important: my interpretation of the research–with a VPN you won’t encounter most of the stuff on that list.

The term, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, comes to mind. I do not expect my bank or Craigslist to operate in a deceptive manner. Not that it couldn’t happen…I just keep thinking about those jokers that purposely use all the tools at their disposal, (and there are many,) to hone in on an individual computer for nefarious reasons. The browserleaks site has some of those tools just to show a user the info that s accessible depending on what is enabled in ones web browser, along with showing other info not even pertaining to the browser. I think the site is on the older side, but even so, it is an eye opener the info that can be gleaned. This stuff is way out of my league, but I keep my tin foil hat within reach at any rate. (I would use a tin foil hat emoji here but I find none.)