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:
— Keith Lee (@associatesmind) March 19, 2018
“Alexa’s problem was bad,” I thought, “but this is worse.”
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.