iOS users can limit their location exposure to apps that ask for it, but your location is leaking in another area: Your photo metadata.

I took a photo with my iPhone and then uploaded that to my Facebook account. I used Facebook’s app on my iPhone, the same app that has been told “never” to access my location, the same account that knows I have this switched off. But Facebook still collects the location tag from that photo, along with my IP address.

It’s important to note that Facebook and other companies have had this ability for years. This is not, as the Forbes article implies, a response to iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency. The app I use to view and edit metadata is Metapho.

Check It Out: Facebook Can Get Location Data From Your Photos

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  1. W. Abdullah Brooks, MD

    ‘ Facebook Can Get Location Data From Your Photos’

    Why, of course they can.

    We should assume that, if it involves data in any form, FB already has target lock.

  2. Lee Dronick

    Can Apple do anything about this? Strip the metadata when uploading or something like that?

    • Andrew Orr

      There is a way to do it manually when you share a photo, but I don’t think Apple automatically does it.

      • Lee Dronick

        I see that there are apps available in the walled garden that can do it. If an app can then Apple can. Zuck would pitch a fit about it, but I don’t care about that.

        Getting targeted ads is one thing, but I see that many of these EXIF cleaning apps can also display the data. So say an ex in hiding sends pictures of the kids to the other ex who can then find the location using one of the apps.

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