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At the time of PhotoShield’s first release, Android manufacturers were inconsistent in their handling of EXIF location data. The default for many manufacturers was to record the location of every photo taken. This is no longer the case with nearly all Android devices using intelligent defaults with an ability to disable photo location.

There are still serious security issues with Android photos. When photo location is enabled, not only is the location stored inside each photo, it was conveniently saved into Android’s MediaStore, an SQL database. When you and your partners (Alphabet, FaceBook, Yahoo, Linkedin, etc.) primary income is advertising, it is “convenient” to have a breadcrumb trail of all the special places a person takes pictures. Domestic and foreign governments would also find such a database “convenient”.

Facial recognition technology such as DeepFace is 97% accurate. Photos not only contain locations but can identify people and are timestamped. This is ideal information for the creation and maintenance of a connectivity graph, all very “convenient” for certain purposes.

We just want to use our smartphones to take pictures of family and friends, but do not necessarily want to feed some sort of connectivity graph with our private information.

SecureSuite in its roadmap, has a plan to remedy the situation. Your photos will automatically be encrypted and saved locally on the device. You can view the gallery on the device or any web browser attached to your WiFi network. Android and its MediaStore will not have access to your photos, yet you can share photos anytime you like.

At its peak, PhotoShield was used in more than 100 countries around the world. PhotoShild was unique in its ability to encrypt, archive and restore location EXIF information.