This tech crazy world does have its benefits. I love my laptop, Facebook, and Kindle. To be honest, I am not overly savvy on cell phones just because I hate to talk on the phone but I certainly understand the handiness of it all. I am a person who has tons of pictures posted on Facebook. However, as a parent, I am extremely disturbed about the trend of geotagging on iphone and android phones.
We all do it. We take a picture with our phone and upload it straight to Facebook. But, did you know that cell phone pictures have built in geo tagging, you know the same technology that is in your GPS? Well, unless you disable it, your phone automatically tracks the location of your pictures.
Who cares, right? Well, we all should because stalkers and pedophiles can use this information to find out exactly where the picture was taken. They can track it straight to your home, your child’s school, the local park, and many more places I haven’t even thought about yet.
There are several very helpful articles about how to disable geo tagging on your phone. I urge you to research this and decide if you want your pictures geo tagged. I’m not telling you which way to go, I just think we should be informed about the information we are sending out into cyberspace.
Take the time to educate yourselves, especially if you are a parent.
What do you think of the ability of others to track your location? Have you ever considered the negative ramifications of the technology? Post your comments below.