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U.S. Army Warns Soldiers About Smartphone Geotagging

The United States Army has issued a warning to its troops about using their smartphones to tell the world where they are, whether its through uploading a Facebook photo, “checking in” to a location, or using some other form of geotagging. While we all love to check-in at our favorite restaurants and outlet malls, we don’t have to worry about enemy forces acquiring our location and trying to kill us. For soldiers in the field, that is a very valid concern.

In 2007, at a military base in Iraq, some soldiers snapped photos of an incoming fleet of helicopters. Enemy forces then used the photos to pinpoint the location of the base and attack it.

While the U.S. Army won’t ban these services outright, it’s obviously a very seriously warning, one that soldiers need to take to heart. With social networking being such a big part of our lives now, the world is a very different place. But war, war never changes.

via The Verge

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