Why You Shouldn’t Allow Facebook To Have a Copy of Your Photos

December 8, 2012 — by Sette Capati0



Why You Shouldn’t Allow Facebook To Have a Copy of Your Photos

December 8, 2012 — by Sette Capati0

Facebook recently rolled out the Photo Sync features on iOS devices. Kashmir Hill, a Forbes Staff called this move, “a frictionless sharing option,” Is the Photo Sync feature harmless like a dove? Do we need to get things straight ahead before we get so excited?

But you don’t have to worry about that, (Maybe some of you have already started using it). It appears the feature works automatically in every photo upload. But this is an opt-in, where the photos are stored up in a private album. “When you want to share these photos, just pick and post your favorites,” says Facebook.

Here’s the first reason:

First off, more copies of your photos means more places you have to delete those photos. Facebook’s offering is not novel. Apple and Google also offer this service. With “Photo Stream,” Apple will sync all your photos across all your iDevices.

Unless you don’t mind having all your photos uploaded in all your devices, this will not be your primary concern. The good thing about this tech development is, you have soft copies of memorable photos even if someone steals your smartphone.

“That means that when you want to delete a photo, you can’t just do it on your smartphone, you have to remember and visit all the places it’s now stored. It makes deletion that much harder,” said Ms. Hill.

Secondly, having more photos in more places also creates more chances for your photos to leak. If these accounts are compromised, there’s a chance that these photos will be exposed. Prevention is better than cure, as the saying goes. It’s better not to risk uploading your photos, especially if they are one click away from the public.

The most famous recent case of this involved a schoolteacher in Indiana. She took a racy photo with her iPhone and, thanks to Apple’s Photo Stream, a copy was sent to her other iDevices, including her work-issued iPad which she let students use. They wound up getting an unexpected sex ed lesson from her.

Lastly, even if your photos are stored in a private album, the information from them will be available to Facebook.

“Facebook can pull out geolocation to help it figure out where you are now and what local business ads to show you,” said Josh Constine of TechCrunch.

Facebook, known for its broadcasting and sharing platform is now becoming a storage app too.

What to you think about Photo Sync?

Sette Capati

Hi, I'm Krisette C. I'm a technology writer who loves to cover disruptive technologies, trends, and a myriad of rumors and news updates. To satiate the inconsolable longing to feed my gadget addiction, I simply write and tinker my gadgets for reviews. You may follow my blurbs, too! @krisettecapati