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There's More to That Photo Than Meets the Eye

GEO PRIVACY

August 12, 2010

Geotags embedded in photos and videos taken with GPS-equipped devices are invisible to the casual viewer, The New York Times reports, and that has experts concerned that many people are putting their privacy and security at risk. By looking at geotags and the text of posts, "you can easily find out where people live, what kind of things they have in their house and also when they are going to be away," said Robin Sommer, who authored the recent paper "Cybercasing the Joint: On the Privacy Implications of Geotagging" with Gerald Friedland. Peter Eckersley of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said he believes few people are aware of geotagging capabilities, "and consent is sort of a slippery slope" due to the complexities of disabling such functions. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's Note: See our related story in this month's edition of Inside 1to1: Privacy.
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