Should you worry about Location-Tagged Photos?

You always have an option to turn off the geotagging features in your smartphones.

By Nilakshi Pathak

Nowadays, when you capture an image with your smartphone or a digital camera, the GPS coordinate get embedded in the image metadata. As a result, you can see a map view of your photo library on your smartphone. Well, you have the option of turning the geotagging off, but the question here is should you worry about location-tagged photos?

Should you be scared of location-tagged photos?

Should you be scared of location-tagged photos?

When you directly share an image via Dropbox or Google Drive with someone, you also end up sharing GPS coordinates with them. This sounds scary, but you should ask yourself to whom do you share your photos? With your friends and family, of course, and they apparently know where you are. If you are sharing your pictures with your closed one, there is nothing to be worried about.

Is it safe to share location-tagged photos on Facebook?

Try downloading a photo from Facebook. You will see that the metadata of the image contains no information about the location where the picture was taken. It is because, when you upload a photo I Facebook, it removes all the metadata. So, you are safe to share the location-tagged photos on Facebook.

Is it safe to share location-tagged photos on Instagram?

Instagram is owned by Facebook, and therefore the photos are treated similarly. All the EXIF data is removed from the images that you upload on Instagram. However, you have the option of turning the GPS on while uploading a photo if you want to tell your followers from where you are uploading the photo.

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Why sharing images on Twitter?

Why sharing images on Twitter?

Though Twitter also strips your image of all the metadata, sharing pictures on Twitter is bit different. It is because the tweets that you make along with your image can have GPS coordinates. But again that is not a problem because you have the option turning the GPS coordinates off.

Wrap Up

Sharing location-tagged photos might sound scary, but it is not frightening. Whenever you upload an image to a social media platform, generally you end up uploading a photo that is stripped of all the metadata. And also, you always have the option to turn off the geo-location.

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