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Privacy Risks of Smart Phones August 14, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, People.

If you take photos to post on line . . . watch this.

Then change your settings.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. linbeth - August 14, 2013

Now that’s scary!

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Technology has advanced at warp speed. Sadly, some people are warped. Here’s to protecting ourselves from unwanted and unwarranted invasions of privacy.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - August 14, 2013

I had been hearing about this. I have my location services turned off except for The Weather Channel.

Pix Under the Oaks - August 14, 2013

But what is scary is that possibly other people, friends and family, don’t turn off the location services on the camera part of their phone and then post a picture of us without our permission!

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

The faster we educate friends and family about the risks, the safer we all will be from tech proficient predators.

We can change our settings, our posting habits, or both.

Pix Under the Oaks - August 14, 2013

Nancy once it goes through facebook, wordpress, photobucket uploaders…. doesn’t the pic lose it info? I know you can right click for properties but I have never seen any location info.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

I just read a comment in the stream for this youtube video that said Facebook removes GPS maps from photos before posting, but I don’t know about other sites.

Pix Under the Oaks - August 14, 2013

Yes, I noticed that Facebook transfers photos with hyper text photo protocol with privacy. But ya never know!

3. suzicate - August 14, 2013

Took care of that with my phone upon purchase of it.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Smart of you. I don’t think it would have occurred to me that shots we share often include a GPS location. 😯

4. Don - August 14, 2013

This is very frightening but also enlightening in terms of the settings. Thanks Nancy.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Technology changes so fast, it’s hard to keep up with its many benefits . . . and its many downsides. I’m glad there is an easy fix available.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

This clip was posted on youtube in November 2010. So, it’s official . . . I am OUT OF THE LOOP. :mrgreen:

5. calmgrove - August 14, 2013

This seems to be going viral. Sadly, I can’t work out how to change these settings on my Blackberry.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

If you go to a store that sells Blackberries, one of the clerks should be able to help you with setting changes.

calmgrove - August 14, 2013

Ah, but that would require a round trip of about 60 miles… Still, next time I’m there!

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Sounds like where we used to live . . . it was 20 miles to the nearest traffic light and 30 miles to the grocery store.

Maybe you can nose around on-line to figure how to configure your Blackberry.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Or just go to the mall, find a teen with a smart phone, and ask them to show you.

calmgrove - August 14, 2013

I’m not sure Blackberry Curves are very cool in this part of the world! But I take your point!

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

If the teens there are like my nieces and nephews, they can intuitively find the hidden control panel even if they have never held a Blackberry before. It’s in their genes. 😆

6. Sandra Bell Kirchman - August 14, 2013

Definitely scary. I don’t have a smart phone, and this is the first time I have been glad not to have it. Thanks for the alert, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

I’m often amazed by folks on Facebook who post their every location on line.

I’m far more anonymous and invisible . . . and prefer it that way.

7. joannevalentinesimson - August 14, 2013

That’s scary! I’m going to send it to my daughter who posts a lot of photos of her kids online.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Good! She may already be aware of the potential for GPS mapping, but it’s a good idea to check and make sure.

8. Jodi - August 14, 2013

It amazes me that the social sites don’t strip pictures of this info before it is loaded into the site. The coding would be simple and actually save them storage space on their servers. A good reminder, thanks Nancy.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Sounds like some of them do strip the GPS map before posting, but I’m not sure that they all do.

9. Andra Watkins - August 14, 2013

My head is now hurting……

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Techno-phobia? Or something else? 😛

Andra Watkins - August 14, 2013

Just keeping up with all this stuff….

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

I hear you . . . it’s no wonder that we exist in a state of low grade angst and anxiety. No matter which way we turn, there is something “new” to worry about.

10. granny1947 - August 14, 2013

I am so glad I don’t have a smart phone…mine is quite dumb!

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Same here, Kathy. My flip phone is deaf, dumb, and kept on MUTE most of the time.

It sits quietly in my purse and very rarely sees the light of day.

11. Eric Tonningsen - August 14, 2013

Call me Cave Man, Scrooge, Henny Penny, whatever you like. I’ve been warning about technology based concerns for years. I gave up doing so publically because like “Too big to fail” financial institutions and their actions, few listen and even fewer take action. We’ve made our bed and now we don’t like sleeping in it? Come on folks, be a little more aware. Pause and reflect on what technology is creating – on the dark side as well as its conveniences. Anything wrong with using a digital camera? George Eastman must be rolling over in his grave. Thanks for sharing and creating awareness, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Thanks, Henny Penny! Just because we claim “the sky is falling” doesn’t mean we’re paranoid. Sometimes THEY really are out to get us. And, sometimes, the wolf IS at the door . . . cleverly disguised in sheep’s clothing.

Here’s to remaining AWAKE and AWARE to the world as it is.

12. Perfecting Motherhood - August 14, 2013

If you like the Facebook app, it always displays your location when you post something on your page. But if your posts are private, nobody can see that but your friends. I’m always amazed at how many people post private updates as public for all to see. Very weird.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

I know, right? I don’t get the desire and drive to share some of the things that people put out there. It’s like running their private lives up the flagpole for the rest of the world to see. Odd.

13. diannegray - August 14, 2013

I saw this yesterday Nancy and shared it on FB. It’s REALLY scary stuff! I changed the settings on my phone immediately…

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

Apparently, this clip has been on youtube since 2010 . . . so it’s not “new news” ~ I still wanted to share it since so many people use their smart phones to capture and share each slice of life.

14. Booksphotographsandartwork - August 14, 2013

Thanks Nancy this information is so important.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

It’s disturbing to think how technology erodes our privacy and makes our lives far more transparent than they’ve ever been before.

Cell phone -> cellophane.

15. Booksphotographsandartwork - August 14, 2013

I wonder if there is a similair problem with Pinterest? Time to check on that one.

nrhatch - August 14, 2013

I don’t know anything about how Pinterest works. I’ve only visited once. Hope you find out that they remove GPS maps before photos get shared.

16. Three Well Beings - August 15, 2013

It’s so frustrating to me to figure out when to disable this function and when to keep it on. For instance, I use navigation systems on my phone that rely on tracking me! There is so much to consider these days, it’s a wonder our heads don’t explode! 🙂

nrhatch - August 15, 2013

It does look like you can keep it for navigation systems and just turn the feature off on your camera settings. But I know what you mean . . . life comes at us at super sonic speeds. It’s hard to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape.

17. Grannymar - August 15, 2013

There is no getting away from these guys unless we go back to pigeon post or using a slate to scratch a message on.

nrhatch - August 15, 2013

There are times that I would like to go back to the days of snail mail and photos shared in cherished albums . . . instead of digital images soaring through cyber space with who knows what information embedded within them.

18. Jacqueline King - August 15, 2013

Thanks for posting this, Nancy. I have my location settings turned off, to save batty life ~ but I think my son and daughter geotag the photos they take of my grandchildren. Scary information, I shall pass it on!

nrhatch - August 15, 2013

Good idea, Jacqueline. They may be “in the know” but if they aren’t, changing their camera settings will increase their privacy.

19. jannatwrites - August 15, 2013

I checked my phone after watching the video – I had geo-tagging off. On my phone, there is a separate setting for the camera…I can still use GPS navigation and maps. It’s definitely scary the things we have to watch out for these days.

nrhatch - August 15, 2013

Sounds like you’re all set . . . just turning it off for the camera should do the trick. There is so much technology to all this new technology. It boggles the mind.

20. shreejacob - August 16, 2013

It’s troubling when those who are responsible for creating these phones and programs put these geo tagging thingies and most times it’s switched on by default…I mean I understand the usefulness of geo tagging…but then again does it have to be for ALL applications?

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

It’s probably spelled out in the succinct 373-page instruction book that comes with every Smart Phone. 😛

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