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11-14-2012, 12:34 PM
I visited this site

then went with green arrow to


got this


What are the implications/problems/etc of allowing such access?

11-14-2012, 12:36 PM
A bit of info from the site.

How many slaves work for you? If you think zero - think again.
Modern day slavery is a practice that is alive and kicking with around 27 million slaves worldwide — the equivalent of the combined population of Australia and New Zealand.
Drawing attention to this overwhelming human rights issue is the organization Made In A Free World (MIAFW) (http://www.madeinafreeworld.com/).

The nonprofit rallies consumers to question companies about the people who make their products and materials - via their website and their smartphone apps (http://slaveryfootprint.org/about/#getapp).

Made In A Free World also give businesses a way to investigate their supply chains for slave labor and change their current way of doing business.
Putting power in the hands of the consumer starts with awareness, and MIAFW’s online quiz,“How many slaves work for you?” (http://slaveryfootprint.org/), is a good place to start.
The results might startle you, but MIAFW hopes this platform will encourage users to take action.
The Oakland based organization’s ultimate goal is to ensure that everything we buy is made in a free world. [Source: Made In A Free World (http://www.madeinafreeworld.com/)]

11-14-2012, 12:38 PM
You get tracked by them for their amusement and I suspect if you have a portable device for getting online they will try to get you to like their FB page, or Google+ page or some such. I always answer no.

Where I am is only the business of people I tell.

11-14-2012, 12:59 PM
A very interesting poll. I had to opt out of quite a few items that I use, as I grow them, or purchase them extremely rarely. Clothing was my biggest problem, as I insist on unprocessed fibers including silk, wool and cotton. I also own only leather shoes at this point.

The jewelry question was really problematic, as I own a lot of gold and even precious stones that I inherited from my family. Diamonds are a real problem for slavery.

11-14-2012, 03:46 PM

What are the implications/problems/etc of allowing such access?

Sounds legit to me. Think how many sites you visit now that ask you if they can store a cookie on your machine. It's kind of nice of them to ask. As to your "current location" we're not talking a "googlemaps" pin on your front doorstep. Most likely it's a general geographical location gleaned from the visiting IP address (that they know anyway). They're just asking nicely if they can use it.


Nicholas Carey
11-15-2012, 12:14 AM
If you're on a wired desktop box, nothing. The only "location" you've got is an IP address, which is to say, not very much (it's only as accurate as the information the owner of that IP address, range or subnet, chooses to put into the Domain Name System (DNS) ...and, that information is in know way tied to your actual, geographical location).

If you are on a cellular network or using a mobile device like an iPhone or iPad, then it will give them your current location. Which means they can put a pin representing you on a map so to speak. Whether that's significant or not?...who knows. You might get geographically targeted advertising. They might use your location to get a census tract and from that get demographic data that [likely] describes you.

Given that it's an anti-slavery organisation, it would seem unlikely that they intend to use it for nefarious purposes. More likely they'll use it to give you information about slavery in your immediate vicinity. I take that back. After working through their [laborious] questionnaire, they tell you their estimate of how many slaves work for you worldwide.