While I was searching for an Italian hoagie around town someone may be searching your images for the exact location of where the image may have been snapped. Last week Flickr added a new feature called Flickr geofences that allow users to map out zones and set up sharing locations for specific areas. The reason why this should concern some of you is that each time you snap a photo metadata is saved and exposes your image location. Which by the way could be your home, business and school address. There is always a Johnny come lately or whacked out Jane scouting your exact locations to cause god only knows what yo your peaceful existence. This is specifically important for parents that upload babies and children photographs….cause you never know the pervert that is lurking behind the computer screen getting their thrill off of a simple image that you simply wanted to share with grandma or Aunt May.
If you log in to Flickr and find your account details, you’ll find a new option on the geo preferences page. You can create a new “geofence” by searching for a location or dropping a fence onto a map of the world.
“A few years ago, privacy controls like this would have been overkill,” writes Flickr developer Trevor Hartsell. “Geodata was new and underused, and the answer to privacy concerns was often, ‘you upload it, you deal with it.’ But today, physical places are important to how we use the web.”
“Sometimes you want everyone to know exactly where you took a photo. And sometimes you don’t.”