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This is disturbing. If you take pictures from your phone there are new apps and websites where people are tracking "local" photos and in real time can immediately map the photo, even to exactly where the pic was taken. What does this mean, it means that if you take a picture of your child, a site can post the picture of the child, map the location of the child and begin to find out where the child lives, goes to school, etc. In real time!

Everyone that has a phone should contact their phone provider and ensure that their settings are to the point that it doesn't allow this technology. I can't believe we have to be this vigilent. Where in the world is our phone companies on this that it isn't automatically turned off and protected unless we want this option. Shame on them.

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Re: Important - If you take pictures with your phone MUST KNOW
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 11:54:15 AM »
I agree, shame on them!! Thanks for this info Concerned.


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Re: Important - If you take pictures with your phone MUST KNOW
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 04:56:39 PM »
This technology has been around for years, and it's called "geotagging."   Almost every device has this capability, and it doesn't have anything to do with service providers - it's the devices themselves.

Anytime you take pictures with your Smartphone, device or digital camera, location information is embedded in the photograph (EXIF). Some websites remove geotags when you upload pictures, but most don't.

While it does feel a bit invasive and a violation of privacy on the surface, considering most people don't even know about, let alone understand or know how to use this technology, it's not that big of a deal.

If you want to avoid geotagging, you need to go into all of your devices and computers and look for settings like: location settings, location services, photo information/embedding, EXIF, GPS, location stamping, etc. 
By turning these services off, you may run into problems with other programs which need location settings to work properly.

Basically anything digital and wireless uses this technology, so these days, it's almost impossible to avoid. The only thing you can do to truly avoid this is use a non-digital camera with film,  and develop your pictures yourself, and then of course never upload them to the Internet...Which is not exactly practical...

There are ways to remove geotags from your photos, but they vary depending on the software or website you use. Try Googling your device and how to remove the tag (eg "iPhone 5 remove geotag") and you should get some results that will help you with your tag removal.

Hope that helps a bit. :)


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Re: Important - If you take pictures with your phone MUST KNOW
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 11:49:29 AM »
WolverineBlue:  Thanks for your post, it helps a lot!! When I try to post pictures (even from a newspaper) on this website, it ends up giving my identity. Can't figure out how to get around it, so I don't include them. (sigh)



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Re: Important - If you take pictures with your phone MUST KNOW
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2014, 01:06:17 PM »
WolverineBlue gives good advice: turn off Location Services and similar settings on your smart phone or digital camera to prevent the device from saving geographic location, or a "geotag," in the Exif metadata each photo. For existing photos, here's how to remove geotags in Picasa. You could also search the web for free Exif removal programs. One of the most popular, powerful, and lightweight image manipulation tools capable of removing geotags is IrfanView. It has a bit of a learning curve and boasts many unrelated features, though.

jellybean, you mentioned that posting pictures of newspaper clippings on this website gives your identity - could you elaborate on how that happens? Stripping all Exif metadata from an image will remove any geotags, as well as all info about camera settings, lens parameters, even date and time taken. It would certainly be a loss to us forum users if your archives remained offline and hidden from the internet! One never knows what critical information might be hidden within.