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I always check snopes before watching these sorts of videos.... and Snopes confirms it: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/smartphonepix.asp
However, check the last paragraph: "Contrary to what the news video linked above suggests, some photo-sharing and social media web sites (such as Facebook and Twitter) automatically strip some or all of the Exif metadata from uploaded pictures in order to protect privacy. "
Thanks Art, It's good to see that the threat is confirmed.
Even though it is reported that some sites may have some security, I am going to make sure that the GPS feature on my pictures is off. Claims that they strip some of the information doesn't make me any less nervous about who can potentially see anything personal to me.
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I'm probably overly paranoid about some of this but unless I'm actively using the navigation feature on my phone I always have it turned off. The pictures can still be tagged with a date and time or other metadata though.
It also said in Snopes, this is a 4 year old warning....
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It's interesting... not an issue at my house though... we use the most basic cell phone we can get, and if we need a picture of something, we each have good digital cameras for that. Sometimes too much technology can be a bad thing.
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A few months ago, the guy who originally wrote the McAfee software we used to use was hiding out from the federales in central America. But he was giving interviews to journalists, and just couldn't resist posting a picture of his hideaway. The Federales almost found him using exif data from the pic...
There's an app for that! Actually several for just about any device/computer to strip information. Most of the picture sharing sites have options to hide location info, you can turn it off on most devices, and here on FWW we strip pretty much all exif info except for size on uploaded pictures.
If you're worried about that type of info, there are browser plugins/extensions that will display exif data for images displayed on the web. The one I've been using in Chrome you simply right click and click the icon for the exif viewer and it pops a window with the information.
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