Parents might be putting risk at their children by uploading the digital photos that are geotagged automatically by camera, reveals a study.
Geotagging means addition of the geographical identification data to the media like photos. These tools are included in both camera phones and cameras and they use either the GPS or the mobile networks to point a given photo.
Joanne Kuzma from University of Worcester, England has analyzed the photos that show the faces of kids clearly on Flickr, the photo sharing site. Kuzma has found a major portion of the geotagged photos to be linked with over 50 of the expensive residential zip codes in United States.
This sort of publicizing the geolocation will raise concerns on the security of the children as the personal information is made public to the internet users who access it for dubious reasons. This can be used to locate the child's home or other location with the information available to the public.
Not only Flickr, even the social networking sites can use this information as they allow the users to add geotags to the photos manually. The analyzed zip codes has images of kids and new born babies in and around their home.
The geotagged images can easily by bedded on the map of the region thereby imposing more and more security and privacy risks to the children.