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delia25
Jun 05, 2012

Do you remove EXIF data from images that you post online?

Ok, this isn't exactly a work related question, although I guess if could be if I added "at work" to the end of my question. :-)

Anyway, my husband thinks I am totally paranoid because I always strip EXIF data (the information attacked to image files that tells things like when and where they were taken) before posting online. I figure if I want someone to know more info, I will tell them. Am I a particularly paranoid person, or do other people also do this?

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dthomas
06/06/2012

I usually don't.  If it is something personal that has my wife and kids in it, I am more likely to remove it, but even then I often do not.  The expectations I used to have for a reasonable level of privacy have shifted a bit over the years.  It seems easier to just assume anything online is posted on the bulletin board at your office, your kids' school, your wife's gym, etc.  If I want something to stay private, it stays in my house and doesn't go on a computer/tablet/iphone.  The problem is that is more and more difficult to do that. 

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dthomas
06/06/2012

I usually don't.  If it is something personal that has my wife and kids in it, I am more likely to remove it, but even then I often do not.  The expectations I used to have for a reasonable level of privacy have shifted a bit over the years.  It seems easier to just assume anything online is posted on the bulletin board at your office, your kids' school, your wife's gym, etc.  If I want something to stay private, it stays in my house and doesn't go on a computer/tablet/iphone.  The problem is that it is more and more difficult to do that. 

jimlynch
06/05/2012
I don't think it's a bad thing for you to do, it's certainly your choice. So if you are more comfortable doing it then I think you should continue.

Those who aren't familiar with how to remove EXIF data should see this article:

How to remove EXIF Data
http://mansurovs.com/how-to-delete-exif-data

"Now that I explained you what EXIF Data is and showed you how you can view EXIF on JPEG files, I will now show you how to remove EXIF Data completely or partially from JPEG files."
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