Implications of geotagging

The automatic embedding of geotags in pictures taken with smartphones is often ignored by cell-phone users. As a result, people are often not aware that the photos they publish on the Internet have been geotagged. Many celebrities reportedly gave away their home location without knowing it. According to the study, a significant number of for-sale advertisements on Craigslist, that were otherwise anonymized, contained geotags, thereby revealing the location of high-valued goods—sometimes in combination with clear hints to the absence of the offerer at certain times. Publishing photos and other media tagged with exact geolocation on the Internet allows random people to track an individual's location and correlate it with other information. Therefore, criminals could find out when homes are empty because their inhabitants posted geotagged and timestamped information both about their home address and their vacation residence.

These dangers can be avoided by removing geotags with a metadata removal tool for photos before publishing them on the Internet

Thanks for sharing, good thing my Camera does not geo-tags.

Still wondering, once you upload a pic online arent the image properties lost? Like the creator/date of creation/last edited and stuff?

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Still wondering, once you upload a pic online arent the image properties lost? Like the creator/date of creation/last edited and stuff?

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no… thats not true…

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Thanks for sharing, good thing my Camera does not geo-tags.

Still wondering, once you upload a pic online arent the image properties lost? Like the creator/date of creation/last edited and stuff?

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Most of the website’s discard the EXIF data upon upload (facebook, google+ etc)

The problem was because it was impossible to disable geotagging when taking images from an iphone which they have fixed with their latest update. Android devices have always have had the option of disabling the gps tag in camera properties.