Instagram knows where you live

You may not allow geotagging photos taken from your phone, but it can not count the eyes of Instagram.

Share of small square pictures of his cat, his plate at the restaurant, his feet in the sand … Maybe you do not appear on the photos you upload to Instagram. And yet, the social network owned by Facebook knows where you live. As long as you allow geotagging your photos. What is not always clear to define.

When you add a photo on Instagram, after writing a legend and identified individuals, you are asked to share where you captured that moment of your life. Just like Facebook, when writing a publication.

At the tiny difference Instagram will pin this location on a map of the world (and also the following), and then keep this card and make it available to all who follow your account. At the end of the day, you have a card with all your photos, and where they are posted.

I know where your cat lives

So if you live in Paris, there is a good chance that a big stack of photos appears above the capital. Then more you zoom in, more photos are scattered. One in the Louvre, four to your work, seven in restaurant in your neighborhood, and then open … you. Because you post pictures from home. Your cat, for example.

It is thanks to your cat as last year, the American Owen Mundy, a professor at Florida State University, launched the site (“I know where your cat live “).

I do not remember having authorized it

Owen Mundy had the idea of this card on the day that he posted on Instagram a photo of her 3 year old son in his garden. . He realized that its geographical coordinates were recorded by the application and automatically integrated in the picture Surprised, he said : “I do not remember Instagram asked me if I wanted to share this information! “.

That’s the whole problem of geolocation on Instagram. It can be adjusted from several locations (directly into the Instagram application, but also in your phone settings due either via the application settings or through those of the camera); which confuses even the most seasoned.

Just like Taylor Hatmaker, tech journalist for The Daily Dot, an American website specializing in Internet culture. She claims to have made ​​the rounds of its tech-savvy friends like her, and none of them were aware of this card-spy Instagram.

Settings overlapping

Taylor Hatmaker, for example, had disabled the geolocation of its iPhone camera 6. This obviously did not prevent Instagram to propose to geotag their photos … Taken from the camera of the iPhone 6.

This is the danger that emphasizes Owen Mundy with “I Know Where your cat lives.” He wants to alert the careless, but also very specialized users, that can be fleeced by the many settings of our phones. Even those that overlap with the settings of our social networks.

If the sharing geotagging your photos is a choice, perfect! But if you’re not sure if you ever have allowed this, management settings of your Instagram account and those of your phone.

 

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