Cybercasing

Cybercasing

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:46 am

Yet another thing to be aware of, seems a lot of these devices with GPS capability are tagging images with the coordinates.

Anybody have a phone with an image I can sample?
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/re ... riteWeb%29
The report's authors examined in detail the rapid spread of location-based services, which have spread in large part due to the growing smartphone market. Today's mobile devices and their accompanying applications tap into a phone's GPS or use Wi-Fi triangulation to append geotags, or locational information, to the items recorded with the phone, whether that's an update posted to Twitter, a photo uploaded to Flickr or a video sent to YouTube.

A major concern with these types of applications, say the researchers, is that many consumers don't know such information is being shared, especially on a such a large, public scale. For example, Apple's iPhone by default embeds high-precision geo-coordinates within all photos and videos taken with the internal camera unless explicitly switched off in the phone's settings. The accuracy of these geo-coordinates "even exceeds that of GPS," warn the researchers, regularly reaching "resolutions of +/- 1 m in good conditions and postal-address accuracy indoors."
Richard S.
 
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Re: Cybercasing

PostBy: Sting On: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:25 am

My son took a picture of his daughter and grandmother yesterday and showed me how the location (city) had been embedded on the screen on his new Droid phone - Verizon

I never thought it could also lead to this. Good thing the wants and warrants on Mon have run out :lol:
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Re: Cybercasing

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:37 pm

On one hand it's a good thing especially for personal images, having that info without actually having to do anything is pretty cool. If they expanded it so you could customize locations it would even be cooler...

Having said that the manufactures really need to consider how features like this could effect the privacy of people.
Richard S.
 
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