"This problem is real," said
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system comprised of 24 satellites, which were placed into orbit by the
Foss calls the information contained in a photo EXIF data, which stands for Exchangeable Image File. According to exifdata.com [http://exifdata.com/], information is stored on things like shutter speed, exposure compensation, and more. It also can include the date and time the image was taken, and even GPS information so you can easily see where the images were taken.
The alert on Facebook came from a n
The video that started all the fuss
"Technology allows strangers to cherry-pick pictures posted all over the web and then find a home, work, or even school of that person in the pic," said
The station gave a station employee a smartphone who took pictures of her daughter to see how "threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be, once loaded online." They then searched sites like Twitter,
"We found a menu of nearby children, and with the click of a button, their locations," said Ptacek.
Comments on Facebook and You Tube -- where the report is still viewable -- decry the technology as being old and not being new, according to one You Tube commenter.
"But, if you were not aware that it can occur, and did not know that there are simple solutions to what could be a problem, perhaps it is news," said Foss.
Foss certainly feels it is potentially bad.
"You can right-click on a photo online and get not only the photo details," he said, "but a
He said that not only smartphones, but digital cameras -- including point-and-shoot ones -- record the same data. More and more digital cameras are equipped with GPS.
What can you do about it?
Foss gives five simple suggestions for parents, adults and children to follow to t urn off a smartphone 's G PS for photos.
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