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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Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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