"TheLight" wrote:Ah, sensationalist news stories, gotta love them!
Yep, this is called geo-tagging. All photos have EXIF data that stores a lot of useful information in them. Everything from shutter speed to f-stop, to time date, and even geographic tags. It can be real useful for organizing and finding photos, but can be a real privacy nightmare if you aren't aware of it. Good thing is that most cameras need to have a (expensive and optional) GPS device to do the tagging. Cell phones are an obvious exception (they pretty much all have GPS' these days), but they also have an option to turn off the feature. My phone has it off by default, for example.
Here is an app to remove exif data from photos in bulk: http://www.geotagsecurity.com/download/ I've never used it before, but it looks reliable.
The popular Picasa photo organizer and editor can do the same thing, but is a bit more tedious. http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=43899
Most people I know who are on facebook use their real names, so folks can just look them up in the phonebook (google their name).
Ok, and I am a little paranoid with privacy, etc. Why anyone would want to know thing one about us is beyond me but the world is full of freaks!
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