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In short, metadata is more data about data. In most common document types, embedded within a file is more information, typically hidden from casual viewing. This hidden data is used by the computer programs to provide accurate processing information, i.e. what version of software was used to create the document, how the file is encoded, and often who created it.
The storage of location based data, in the form of Latitude and Longitude inside of images is called Geotagging; essentially tagging your photograph with the geographic location. This data is stored inside if the metadata if JPEG images and is useful for tying the photograph to a location. Want to remember exactly where you took those photographs while on vacation? This information is for you.
However, most modern digital cameras do not automatically add geolocation (Latitude and Longitude) metadata to pictures. The process for adding the geolocation data either requires specialized add on hardware, or post processing with software on the desktop after the pictures are taken.
There is a large exception to this rule: Smartphones. With the proliferation of smart phones that contain GPS locator technology inside, the cameras in these devices are already equipped with the specialized hardware to automatically add geolocation information to the pictures at the time they are taken.
Originally posted by squizzy
reply to post by FortAnthem
Just posting a reply on here leads them to you, it is very simple to track down a computers IP address.
Originally posted by MommaDuke
Heck a guy beating his wife to death actually accidentally turned on his own cell, and called her phone, and left the details of all his doing's on her message answer service. Took them 8 weeks to figure that one out.
Originally posted by warbird03
reply to post by FortAnthem
It's not hard to disable the GPS functionality of your phone while you take a picture. If nothing else, a person could remove the SIM card while they take pictures if they're that paranoid about it.
Creepy Geolocation Gathering Tool 0.1.8
Posted Feb 22, 2011 Authored by Yiannis Kakavas | Site ilektrojohn.github.com creepy is an application that allows you to gather geolocation related information about users from social networking platforms and image hosting services. The information is presented in a map inside the application where all the retrieved data is shown, accompanied with relevant information (i.e. what was posted from that specific location) to provide context to the presentation. Changes: This release adds a feature to export retrieved locations as kmz files (opens in Google Earth and Google Maps). It adds a progress bar for the retrieval process. It adds a help menu. tags | tool systems | unix MD5 | c4d22122ab7b56bfb54bff76f9c5df4a
Originally posted by SANTA CLAWS
Only "CRIMINALS" need to worry