With new features flying off the shelves with smartphones, one feature keeps many people weary about smartphone cameras. Geo-tagging is a feature that allows your iPhone (or other smartphone) to record the location of each photograph. If you’re visiting Disney World, the geo tags will come up for Orlando, FL. If you are visiting the White House, Washington D.C. will be included on your map of photos in your iPhone’s camera roll.
What scares many people about geo-tagging is that “stalkers” can view where they took the photos. The luxury about many websites such as Photobucket and Facebook is that they strip geo-tagging information from the pictures. Even if you try to download the photo from Facebook, the geo-tagged info will be gone from the file. The only way that information will still be intact is if the photo is emailed (MMS also strips the metadata).
Personally, I feel that this kind of information should be shared. If you are taking a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle, it’s obvious you are in Orlando. There is no reason to hide this information from people viewing your Facebook or other online service. Furthermore, talk about stalkers has decreased as technology has advanced. Geo-tagging information should be shared… that is what it was designed for.