This is important stuff and deserves your attention.
If you or your kids are in a smartphone photo then this is something you ought to know. Also, if you're doing the Photo Challenge, pay attention.
NBC Action News did a news report on privacy issues with photos taken on a smartphone.
If you have location services turned on for the camera while taking a photo, the picture will store the coordinates (longitude and latitude) of where that photo was taken. It's stored in the metadata of the picture. With technology today, you can easily find a location with just the longitude and latitude information. And when you send that photo over the Internet via text, email, social networks, etc., you're making it available to people. Hopefully just family and friends you trust but…why take the risk? Isn't that crazy scary!!
You're probably feeling a little frazzled but it's okay. Here's what you need to do now:
- Always check the privacy settings on your social networks.
- iPhone: Open Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> TURN OFF CAMERA
- Android: Open Camera App -> Open Menu on left -> Set “Store Location” to OFF
Basically you want to be sure that Location Services or anything that shares your location is OFF for the camera. If you don't know how to do it for your phone, Google it. Personally, I took it a step further and found an app that removes metadata from my photos (search for “remove metadata”).
Don't just do it for yourself. Do it because if you take photos with your own kids, nephews, nieces, your friend's kids, this can affect them as well. Be safe and take precautions.
Share this with your family and friends and especially anyone who takes photos of those close to you.
You Ought to Know: TURN OFF LOCATION SERVICES FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA