Geo Tagging Dangers
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A warning from local sheriff's departments says posting pictures from your smart-phone to sites like facebook and Twitter can give away your exact location, making you more vulnerable to predators and burglars.
It's an alarming trend many aren't aware of called Geo tagging. Pictures uploaded to the web on your phone can give away where you live, who you hang out with and even your favorite places.
Amanda Pascoe of Howard takes pictures of her children at the park all the time.
"Knowing that I don't have control over that is scary," said Pascoe when talking about Geo tagging.
It's hard to believe a harmless picture can contain so much personal information.
"Even though you might not tell somebody where you are your device might be set up to automatically do that," said Scott Diederich, the regional manager for Cellcom.
Geo tagging is when a smart-phone saves the location of where you took a picture making people vulnerable to criminals.
"That could translate into you know bullying, sex offenders, people could use that to stalk. I worry about human trafficking as well," said Glen Johnson, who works in Waushara County for Human Services.
There are ways to shut this tracking system off though. On an IPhone just go under settings, hit location, then hit privacy and turn off the camera tracking as well as facebook and Twitter if you don't want those either.
On the Android operating system just go under settings, then to location and turn those off.
For Pascoe she says that's exactly what she's going to do before posting her next picture.
"I want to have control over that, I don't want somebody else to have control over that," said Pascoe.
Once this setting is turned off on your phone there is no longer a need to worry about posting your pictures and being tracked.
If you have any questions on how to do this contact your local phone provider and they can help you out.