Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

www.theregister.co.uk | 10/10/2017 | Staff
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We’re leaking location data everywhere, and it's time to fix it by design.

An example: if you go on safari in Africa, you'll be asked to turn off your smartphone's location tracking capabilities.

Reason - People - Idea - Photo - Phone

The reason is that most people have no idea that every photo they take with their phone embeds location data in the exchangeable image file format (EXIF) metadata that describes each snap. But poachers know. And when a stream of snaps depicting something remarkable hits the web, they read that EXIF and know exactly where to start their hunt for a valuable beast.

Hence the request for a visit to your phone's Settings before safaris.

El - Reg - Bit - Code - Fortnight

It gets worse. As reported in El Reg, little bit of code published to Github a fortnight ago showed how any app granted access to the photos on your smartphone (hint: that’s quite a few of them) can simply walk through your database of images and generate an accurate map of your movements. In many cases this record of movements can go back years.

Every geek I’ve told about this had the same reaction: a facepalm. Of course our photos keep a record of our movements. Of course any app that has access to our photos can produce a map of our movements. Two unrelated features collide, generating a kind of retrospective self-surveillance of which the NSA would be proud.

First - Things - Security - Hole - IOS

First things first. Close that security hole on iOS 11 by going to Settings >> Privacy >> Location Services >> Camera. That screen lets you turn off that automatic location tagging of images. On Android YMMV but try Settings >> Apps >> Camera >> App Permissions >> Location. Next, review all the apps that have access to the Camera Roll, and revoke the lot - they’ll ask for permission next time, and then you can make your own...
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