Geo-location and presence have a myriad of positive uses for individuals and enterprises. But, as with many things, there is another side to consider: privacy and risk. Specifically, what are the mis-use cases for presence and geotagging?
For private users, inadvertent telegraphing of whether or not your home is empty is one. Last year, Israel Hyman of Arizona believed that his vacation-related Tweets led to his home being burglarized while he was out of town. It’s easy to recommend that users be more circumspect with their location information—for example limiting their followers to a select trusted few, or using direct messaging (DM) for private information.