Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Can someone find your location from a Facebook photo?

q: Local news stations are scaring people into thinking that bad guys can identify their location using EXIF information hidden inside their Facebook photos. Is that true?
a: No.  From our research this hasn't been true for years.  We did some tests ourselves to confirm. In the image (left) you can see the GPS details were recorded into the image by an iPhone 5. However, (right) you can see the GPS info has been cleared when the image was downloaded from Facebook.

You can check an image yourself using this website: http://regex.info/exif.cgi
When you upload an image from Facebook it has limited information.  However, if you upload a photo from your Phone...it does some amazing things.