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Geotagging - always a good idea?

Wed, 14 Mar 2012

Nice pick-up from The Guardian..... geotagging photos and uploading is a popular pastime for some, however it can have unintended consequences as the US Army points out.

Warren cited a real-world example from 2007. When a new fleet of helicopters arrived with an aviation unit at a base in Iraq, some Soldiers took pictures on the flightline, he said. From the photos that were uploaded to the Internet, the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apaches.
Ouch! There must have been a big sigh when that happened. Might as well have stood there waving a flag saying shoot me.

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Ken Field wrote at 2006-10-21 15:26:

Looks interesting. Reckon we could do some decent stuff getting students to geotag their own digital photos on fieldwork as a digital version of the old 'sketch map'



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