Can an iPhone picture or video be traced back to the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DuckSoup, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY
    Say I am witnessing a crime and have an opportunity to take photos or a video of it. Then lets say I want to submit them to authorities as evidence but do so anonymously. If I get the "original" pictures to the authorities either by sending from an anonymous email address, or on a flash drive or CD etc, can the information recorded with the file be traced back to my iPhone, thus identifying me?

    Basically, does the EXIF information recorded with the file include info that IDs the exact iPhone?

  2. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    It is on the songs you download, so I won't be surprise the same for this case.
  3. iRance macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    Fixed for you.
  4. ajones46 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    Monroe, Michigan
    Interesting scenario... I wonder if the iPhones geotagging gets saved somehow if you were to put it on a flash drive. I'd like the answer to this question also.
  5. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    If you're using a PC, irfanview will remove exif data losslessly.
  6. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    yes it does get saved, I have many a time moved images off my iPhone on to a usb drive and later imported into iphoto on my macbook and it knows where the photo was taken in places
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    No! The EXIF Data only records that the photo was taken on an iPhone. If geotagging is enabled when the photo is taken, the location is also recorded.
  8. Dead Panda macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Really? The songs you download include your device ID? Weird. I wonder how they do that even when you don't download them on the iPhone.
  9. bripab007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2009
    So, to actually answer the guy's question: no, there shouldn't be any data that could be traced back to your phone, cerrainly not your name or email address. Geotagging, yes, but that wouldnt rrally help anyone find you or the phone.

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