Warning: Privacy, Smartphone Location Services, and Your Pictures
Note: Thanks to Steven Aronson of Aronson Insurance for bringing this information to my attention.
In the last six years, smartphones have become great, all around tools that have allowed us to combine multiple devices into one small, easy to carry combination tool. Oh, and it also allows you to make phone calls.
One of the devices the smartphone has replaced is the digital camera. Today, pictures are easy to take and even easier to post on many different platforms, including Facebook and Google+. And because of the GPS functions, your phone knows the exact latitude and longitude of where you took each picture. Many devices actually embed this geographic information into the meta data contained within the picture file.
And therein lays a possible problem. This 4 minute video of a news segment explains the problem and offers some solutions.
However posting that information to a social platform may unwittingly expose unwanted geographic information about you and/or your family.
It is actually easy to manage these settings if you know how. Following are links to some of the more popular phone manufacturers’ support sites that offer detailed explanations on how to turn location services on and off for all the apps on your phone, not just the camera.
I’ve turned the location services off on my iPhone. If I want to have locations information included in a picture it’s easy to turn back on.
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