Little do you know that the innocent self-portrait of you in your favorite George-Washington-but-as-a-cat costume has led Glenn Close (or her male equivalent, also named Glenn Close) right to your door. That's because every digital photo has a wide variety of information stored in the actual code of the file: Time, date, camera type, camera setting and how drunk you were when you took it are all embedded in the file when you upload the picture. You know what else is in that file? If you used your smartphone, the GPS coordinates of where you took the picture. You might as well arm your stalkers with some roofies while you're at it.
Don't believe us? In the summer of 2012, a couple of Burger King workers thought it would be hilarious to show just how much they loved serving customers fresh salad.
Wait, that isn't how you're supposed to prepare a salad?
And they had to have felt completely safe posting that health code violation -- every fast food kitchen in the country probably has that same tiled floor, and there are probably 30 million fast food workers wearing black pants and tennis shoes. It could be anybody.
Yet it only took 4chan users 15 minutes to use the code embedded in the photos to figure out where the picture was taken and get the perpetrators' asses fired. Fifteen minutes. Imagine how fast a crazy person with a boner would work. Or literally anyone else with bad intentions.
"I feel it's still safe to assume that any crime I've photographed can be posted online without consequence."
The good news is that the major dating sites like Match.com and PlentyofFish.com are savvy enough to remove the GPS information when you upload your pictures. The bad news is that a quarter of the websites surveyed didn't, so beware, readers who use InterracialMatch.com or SeniorsCircle.com or SugarDaddyForMe.com. Not only are you setting yourself up for a lifetime of bluffing to your kids about how their parents met, but you also could be facilitating your own murder.