Not only are apps tracking and collecting data, sometimes our own phone cameras turn against us. Many smart phones have the capability to embed a GPS tag into every photo you take on your smart phone. That means, every photo you upload now lets every person who accesses the photo know the exact location you were in when you took the photo. So if you are taking an early morning selfie while getting ready, everyone now knows exactly where you live. Turning the GPS tag off is actually pretty simple.
For iPhone Users:
- Click on the settings button
- Click on the privacy button
- Click on the location services button
- Click on the camera button
- Select the option “never”
For Android Users:
There are so many different android devices that there is not just one simple checklist. You will need to use a search engine to find the exact list for your specific phone.
Now your camera won’t be sharing your location to all who can see your photo. Remember to check your tablet for the GPS tag as tablets and iPads can also tag your location when a photo is taken.
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