When posting the location of an Observation I get an "add on" asking if iSpot can track my physical location. Is this actually the case, or is somebody Phishing on the site?
Just a suggestion! It sounds suspicious, though, doesn't it? Have you an anti-spyware utility?
I have Kasperskys' package of anti-this that and the other. The message appears in a bar at the bottom of the screen and I am able to x it.
When I manage to upload an image, I'll see if I get the same message. Meanwhile, perhaps someone else may know what it is.
I'd expect Kaspersky to find it, if it's a pest of some sort, but I wouldn't click on it, just in case.
I'll just ignore it: in the meantime, surely someone in iSpot admin might post to the effect of "yes, it's us for reasons x,y or z", or "no its not iSpot that wants this information."
Sorry about the delay, but I had to download & install Firefox before I could upload an observation.
I can't see anything like you describe on the screen when I use the map for setting the location, so I don't think it's anything to do with iSpot's web-site.
It seems very uncharacteristic for a spyware or phishing module to ask you first before doing its dirty work: why doesn't it just log what you're doing & send the log to its masters?
More likely, I think, the query box has been put up by your browser, by Kaspersky, or by another utility doing its best to protect your interests. I get messages from my firewall saying "Opera is trying to send x to y ... Accept/Deny" (where x is some personal data and y is a web-site). I suggest this is the sort of thing you're getting.
Is there any evidence that you can see for this theory?
Back again: the sequence is this (bare with me~ I am barely computer literate). I go on~line and there's a yellow fringed bar at the bottom of Google's home page inviting me to "speed up browsing by disabling add-ons", but not offering a button to do this: only to see add-ons or an "ask me later". Ignoring this (after all, neither of the options appeal) I go to iSpot where the same yellow fringed thingy announces that "iSpot.com wishes to track my physical location" as I reach the map on Add an Observation. I think it could be more to do with Google than iSpot, but,as yet, nobody from iSpot has posted a simple answer to the question: does this indeed originate from iSpot? And, if so, why?
The reason nobody from iSpot has intervened is likely to be because they haven't seen this problem before, they don't recognise it, & they have no answers, so they're leaving it to me to sort out.
I think this is almost certainly just an alert, to let you know what's going on. I don't think it presents any risk, so I think it's safe to ignore it.
This looks like a feature provided by Google or, if not Google, then by your browser or your firewall, if you have one.
If you select the option to see the add-ons, you may learn something about them, e.g. what they do, & you may also have the option to disable all or any of them.
When the yellow-fringed box appears on the iSpot page, does it have any tick (check) boxes asking you to permit, allow, deny or block iSpot tracking your physical location? If it does, then tick (check) the option to permit/allow it. If there's a box to permit/allow all such actions on iSpot, then tick (check) that instead, & with a bit of luck you won't see the box again.
One thing puzzles me: Are you using Google's browser? If not, then which browser, & why can't you by-pass Google & go straight to iSpot by typing www.ispot.org.uk into the address bar?
Dry is correct. This is a Google maps thing, not an iSpot feature.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Thanks again, Jonathan. I was quite willing to help, by the way (and shall be again, if the need or opportunity arises.)
The browser must be involved as well, because I don't see it on Opera, nor on Firefox, but I do see a warning notice similar to that described on Safari.
It's just occurred to me that some browsers may have add-ons enabled by default whereas others may have them disabled or don't provide for them at all.
Yes, I believe it is a browser X add-on issue. You may be aware that there are new privacy rules coming in that will affect all websites that use data on users (all, really), and asking the user if location data may be accessed could well become the norm. (Oh joy!).
You definitely have my sympathy!
If the user is willing to declare the location of an observation, then they will have implicitly agreed that this data be known. Furthermore, it's not necessarily the co-ordinates of their home, is it? It's just a place they've been to!
Taking this to the logical next step, every time we order something on-line, we'll be asked "Are you sure you want (this retailer) to know your address?"