As previously mentioned in my Control your Photo and GPS tagging data privacy post it’s very easy for someone to use the mobile geo-tagged data and metadata (this is hidden data) in an uploaded photo to see where you live, who else lives there, who your friends are, where you eat etc and build an activity timeline.
The activity timeline (using metadata and geo-tagging data) doesn’t sound important but it is. Most of us conform to a certain behaviour – i.e. regularly leaving for work, going for lunch and returning home at specific times, are good examples. Can you see the potential for stalkers and fraudsters to exploit your vulnerabilities?
I’m not going to spell it out here, but as more and more data becomes ‘shareable’ the more likely it is that you will indeed lose your privacy (and maybe your identity) and in time you might find you are a victim of a crime which was helped in no part by an image you uploaded to Twitter.
If you use Twitter for example, you should know that a very useful website called I Can Stalk U is promoting awareness and solutions to the threat that mobile geo-tagging and metadata has on your online and offline identity. I suggest readers take a look. I suggest you also read my February post on ‘Control your Photo and GPS tagging data privacy“, if you want to find out more about protecting your photo privacy.
Safe surfing folks!