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Jon Talking EXIF Photo Data on The Early Show

by Sean P. Aune | May 26, 2011May 26, 2011 3:15 pm PST

Continuing with our Internet Privacy theme this week, our own Jon Rettinger went on CBS’ The Early Show this morning to talk about the dangers of geolocation tags in photos you upload to the Web.

As we discussed earlier this week, EXIF data is information embedded into images that tells you all sorts of information about how the picture was taken.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that if your device has a GPS in it, it also will store information about where the picture was taken.  As you can see in this clip from Jon’s appearance on the show, it can be frighteningly accurate, and if you have someone you don’t want to have any clue where you live, it could also be potentially dangerous.

You can read more about the technology and how to safeguard yourself in our How to Protect Yourself While Uploading Images article.

Were you aware of EXIF data?  Have you turned off the GPS in your device?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...