Instagram’s Creepy Feature

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And how to lose it.

The sinister PhotoMap.

Dramatically-voiced techster Eoin Corbett explains all and demonstrates its EVIL.

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22 thoughts on “Instagram’s Creepy Feature

  1. Rose

    This feature came in so handy for me last year when I was going to a family party, I was able to take the location of a snap my dad had just taken and search for directions on google maps with that location. I suppose it’s knowing who to share the info with

  2. ahyeah

    Diminished creepiness on account of having to get his dad to drive him there. Wonder how many paedos resort to that.

  3. Anon

    Well that was crap. Most people have heard of six degree’s of separation, most Irish people have only one or two degrees of separation, you can get a huge amount of information simply by asking. He already knew the street, he didn’t do anything remotely clever like check the metadata of the photographs or triangulate her position based on the collection of photographs. Yes social engineering is effective and low tech, and asking the neighbours is one example of that. Another example is that if you ask for the phone number of a friend of friend most people will give it, without considering that anyone might want to keep their phone number private.

    Pre-internet a detective could find most people using the phonebook and a Thom’s directory. Birth records and school records (sports results, annual photos, etc) are widely available too, and again asking around is still often easier than that. There are also creepy but socially acceptable “missed connections” sections of newspapers and dating services. Social media only adds to the abundance of information that when aggregated tells people more about you than you even know yourself.

    To top it off the photo map location functionality is opt-in!
    https://help.instagram.com/169549819835551

    Facebook knows you are gay and many other things with a high probability
    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/mar/11/facebook-users-reveal-intimate-secrets
    Supermarkets know you are pregnant
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/

    Broadsheet if you’re going to post crap like this how about telling us more about how much advertising tracking you do yourselves? How much creepy information do you have on people who post here regularly?

  4. DizzyDoris

    This is not just an issue for Instagram as nearly all mobiles can geo tag pictures now. Features like the one described just avail of the information provided. Accuracy is up to 2m depending on location. The safest option is to disable the feature on the mobile; therefore nobody can read what isn’t there.

  5. Fiddlestix

    You went to the road where she lives and asked someone where she lived.

    If I had a mutual acquaintance with someone, I could just ask them “where does Marie live?”, they might say “Out the Dublin road somewhere”, then ask someone on the street and THEY WOULD TELL ME.

    Loada shite, i’m going back to bed.

    1. Eoin

      Thank you for your comment. Correct, I did go to the road where she lives (which I found via her Instagram Photo Map) and then ask a neighbour, as any randomer from the internet could do.

      Of course I could ask a mutual acquaintance who knew where Marie lives where she lives, but that’s completely irrelevant. This was showing that any person with access to Instagram could find this girl’s house, not just someone like me who actually knows Marie.

      Thanks for watching!

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