Location Privacy: How to Keep Your Photos (and Their Data) Safe

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How to Keep Your Photos (and Data) Safe

by Amar Toor on Switched.com, January 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones have made it remarkably easy for us to share photos on sites like Facebook and Flickr. But they’ve made it a lot easier for cyberstalkers to track us, as well. That’s because many digital photos contain a kind of encoded data known as Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF). This type of data is often used by professional photographers, since it reveals detailed information on when the photo was taken, whether it was shot with a flash, and whether any digital manipulations were applied after the initial shoot. In many cases, EXIF can even determine where a photo was taken, thanks to GPS-generated geotags attached to every shot. And this information often stays with the photo even after a user uploads it to a social network or photo-sharing site. …

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