Recently, I published this post on the power of Google’s My Account feature. My Account helps you manage the information Google stores about you on its servers. If you haven’t checked it out already, I’ll give you a few minutes.

Based on this Yahoo! story, my thoughts on managing your own business should be at the forefront of your mind.

Even billionaire heiresses screw up

If you want the TDLR version, the Yahoo! story details how one of Alexa Dell’s — the daughter of Michael Dell — Instagram posts of her younger brother brought about significant attention because of location sharing.

(And in case you didn’t know, a lot of phones record the location of your photo when you use the camera.) Alexa didn’t realize that each photo contained GPS data tagging her whereabouts. For a billionaire daughter, who also likely has a hefty personal security tab, this could be an issue.

Location sharing is a huge issue.

Even the police are using locations

After reading about Alexa, I then turned to Twitter for more news and fodder, only to see this post from Keith Lee:

“Alexa’s problem was bad,” I thought, “but this is worse.”

Police Use Geolocation Data to Find Suspects

Here you have the police requesting a warrant for all geolocation data in a 17 acre area. As Keith says, “bonkers.” But this is the new reality we’re living in, and your geolocation data may condemn you.

If you’re not concerned about what your phone or other mobile device is sharing about you, you should be. It’s time to be aware of how you manage your privacy settings on social media and other platforms.


Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.

1 Comment

Jay · March 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Thanks for this. Glad to have you back.

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