How your Mac can rip out incriminating and personal data from photos

“Most of us take a photo, save it or share it, perhaps do a little tweaking, editing, and filter enhancements, and that’s the end of it,” Ron McElfresh writes for McSolo. “That’s photography in the 21st century.”

“What most photographers don’t know is that our modern smartphone and DSLRs capture all kinds of data with each photograph, everything from GPS location to camera type, lens, exposure, shutter speed, time, date, and more,” McElfresh writes. “Officially, that data is called EXIF – metadata in the exchangeable image file format – and it’s embedded into most photos whether stuffed into the Mac or iPhone’s Photos app or shared online.”

“How can you delete or edit the EXIF data in a photo?” McElfresh writes. “One of the simplest and most elegant Mac apps that can find and delete the EXIF data found in your photos is called Photo Zapper. It’s inexpensive and does what you think it does. It zaps photo EXIF data.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: To remove location data from a photo on your Mac for free, open your photo in Preview, choose “Show Inspector” from the Tools menu, hit the (i) icon for the info panel, select the GPS tab, and click the “Remove Location Info” button. The just save your location-free photo.


  1. In the Photos app, select a photo, or photos, click the “Image” menu, slide down to “Location”, Slide to the right and select “Remove Location”. Done … free.

  2. I doubt that most photographers do not know that EXIF exists and what it contains. I think most do.

    There is another issue at stake that apps like the advertised one address, and that the article author fails to understand: it’s ridiculously easy to forget to change the EXIF in your workflow with a lot of the mentioned alternatives. What the app does, and where it helps, is introducing a simple step into your workflow that does safely strip out EXIF without having to remember to do it.

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