In September, a Japanese man was arrested for reportedly stalking a pop star and attacking and groping her at her house, according to Japanese news organization NHK. Allegedly, this man discovered the girl’s house by finding out pictures she posted on social media, observing a practice station mirrored in her eyes, discovering that practice station utilizing Google Street View, ready for her on the practice station, and following her house.
The man additionally apparently discovered extra about the place the girl lived by finding out movies she posted from inside her condominium, observing her curtains and the way gentle got here by her home windows.
You might not be a pop star, but it surely’s nonetheless a cautionary story about how tiny particulars in your smartphone pictures might be used to determine one in every of your most personal items of data — the place you reside. So perhaps keep away from sharing pictures taken proper close by your house, or on routes you frequent. You may also go to your settings and switch off computerized geotagging of your pictures, in order that GPS coordinates aren’t included within the metadata of each single photograph you are taking.
It’s not like individuals can simply obtain your pictures off Facebook or Twitter to search out the coordinates at which you took a photograph, although. According to Consumer Reports, most social networks — together with Craigslist, Facebook, Imgur, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp — strip out that metadata from the pictures you publicly submit.