The importance of privacy is obvious in our day-to-day lives. We don’t want telemarketers to know our phone numbers, we don’t want unwanted guests knowing our addresses, and we don’t want strangers in our bedrooms. Online privacy is just as important, especially if you’re posting photos of your kids or pictures with recognizable backgrounds like your home or schools. That’s why photography apps that allow you to take and share photos should have an emphasis on privacy so you can filter what you want the general public to see.
It Protects Your Situation
Some photography apps make it too easy for anyone to see where you are and what you’re doing with location services. You can see how easy it is to find you based on your Twitter or Instagram posts here.
Having an app that allows you to share photos privately will protect your situation from strangers. That is, they won’t be able to see where you usually are on Tuesday evenings, or whether you seem to be wealthy or not. No one will be able to judge you based on your pictures.
It Protects Your Family
Having complete photo privacy will also protect your family. It’s possible for people to notice patterns in your photos, such as a common building in the background or a school in the neighborhood. If that happens, anyone could figure out where you live or where your kids go to school. Not everyone online is a predator, but they do exist.
It Protects Yourself
Overall, privacy is a personal issue. It depends on how much you want. If you want your social media network to know what you had for dinner, that is up to you. However, photography apps should give you control over what you share and with whom. You should be able to retain rights over your photos and have the option to remove them at any time you want (which is difficult with the open nature of the Internet). Ultimately, photography apps should protect your privacy and give you control.