I was sent a link via Facebook and an email from two separate mothers this week warning me to turn off the GPS function on my phone’s camera.
The concern is that there is software that can examine the meta data in posted pictures of your kids and find out exactly where the photos were taken and where your family hangs out.
I think this is a very legitimate warning to parents, although the news cast makes it seem more scary than it needs to be. There’s a simple 10-second solution for most phones, which the news cast explains at the very end after scaring you for the first 3.5 minutes.
So watch the video, check your phone and decide if you want the GPS meta data imbedded in your images. (I think it’s actually an advantage if you are using Mac’s iPhoto. I think it will match photos up by location through that meta data. Let me know if I am wrong on this function.)
My phone actually advises to keep the GPS off because it uses so much battery power.
And while I think the warning is worthwhile, I am equally fascinated by the way the mom warnings travel. The mom who sent the video via Facebook lives in Maryland and the other mom was a grandmother in Arizona. The news cast though looks like it was from Nov. 2010 so it took a while to circulate.
Have you gotten this warning this week? Did it come via Facebook? Will you disable the GPS on your phone camera?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania on ajc.com