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You Might Want to Turn Off GeoTagging on Your Mobile Phone

Security experts and privacy advocates have recently begun warning about the potential dangers of geotags, which are embedded in photos and videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones and digital cameras. Because the location data is not visible to the casual viewer, the concern is that many people may not realize it is there; and they could be compromising their privacy, if not their safety, when they post geotagged media online.

via Web Photo Geotags Can Reveal More Than You Wish [NYTimes]

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  • Published 08/12/10

Comments (2)

  1. James

    One reason I no longer play Foursquare. There are some times when you really should not record the Geotag of a photo especially if it is going to be used online.

  2. deaconous

    If you want an alternative to disabling the GPS radio on your smart phone to prevent geotagging photos, you could use Pixelgarde Photo Privacy Editor. Its a free application for iPhone users (add supported) and could be a useful alternative for those who want to keep geotags for personal use, but don’t want to share a GPS location with the photos they post online.

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