Pictures can reveal location of your children’s home

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    alarming article about geotagging:

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children.

    “Perfect, just like that,” cooed NBC Action News staffer Susanne McDonald to her four-year-old daughter Laine as she took a series of smartphone pictures. “Ready? One, two, three! Good girl.”

    We loaned McDonald and Laine a smartphone to see just how threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be once loaded online.

    Police are concerned

    “It’s frightening,” said Leawood School Resource Police Officer Mark Chudik when we showed him what we had uncovered.

    We combed Twitter and sites like Facebook , Craig’s List , and Photobucket .

    We searched by entering the names of area cities. We easily identified the home addresses and play areas of children whose pictures were posted by their parents.

    “That is legitimately terrifying,” said McDonald when we showed her information we obtained from pictures she posted of daughter Laine.

    It’s a new and frightening threat to parents.

    The full risk is even an unknown to many internet crime experts, like Chudik, who said he’d never seen private information shared so quickly in such an unknown manner.

    He calls the hidden smartphone data today’s biggest risk online.

    “It’s probably going to be number one for a while,” Chudik said.

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    yeah it is really alarming our responsibility to stay safe and secured is always the best way to deal about these.. geotags are also important that is why compromise should always be considered.. :mrgreen:

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