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iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby beautify » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:14 pm

I just read a news story and think it's got to be one of the silliest privacy slip ups ever! You take a picture, post it online and anyone with half a brain can track down EXACT location of where the picture was taken

It was gets registered in the "exif" data of a photo and can be risky if you're taking pictures of kids etc. The news story

I tested it on twitter and it KEEPS the data! The only site that seems to delete it is facebook (to my surprise).

Anyways, think twice before posting pics online
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby Shorty » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:37 pm

Thanks for the warning.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:29 am

beautify wrote: one of the silliest privacy slip ups ever!


I don't think there was any "slip up" involved there.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby Petro » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:31 am

That's how geotagging works. It's a feature.

Why would you expect a photo sharing service to cull metadata that's intentionally placed in a file?

Just disable it if you're worried about it.

Settings -> Location Services -> Camera -> "Off".

The iPhone isn't the only device to do this. It's a popular feature on countless other phones, cameras and even video cameras.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby rrnate » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:38 am

Wait, you mean, they know I am in Madison? NOOOOOOO!
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby Stebben84 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:58 am

rrnate wrote:Wait, you mean, they know I am in Madison? NOOOOOOO!


It was those pictures of the palm trees at the capital that did you in.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:02 pm

I use this feature for fishing. I take a picture of everything we catch. A quick look at the map in the photos app lets me know exactly where the fish were.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby mayact4 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:22 pm

rrnate wrote:Wait, you mean, they know I am in Madison? NOOOOOOO!


And they know where my kids are? My precious snowflakes that are so cute and so adorable and so much specialer than any other kid that they will be immediately kidnapped because I took a picture of them with my phone? Double NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:52 pm

Apropos of nothing:
Five people in southern China have been charged with intentional injury after illegally buying one of the kidneys of a teenage boy, who used the money at least in part for an iPhone and an iPad, according to state media.


Don't know if location technology helped in cracking this case.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:58 am

It's not like he's going to need that kidney after being absorbed into the iuniverse. His body's need for caloric intake will drop drastically as the energy demands of taking part in society and verbal communication go away completely. After a few months his body will begin deriving the small amount of energy he needs simply by staring at useless information and pictures, through a process known as iphotosynthesis.
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Re: iPhone reveals your location through pictures...

Postby Stomach » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:27 am

fisticuffs wrote:I use this feature for fishing. I take a picture of everything we catch. A quick look at the map in the photos app lets me know exactly where the fish were.


The fish were in the lake.
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