Flickr privacy glitch 17:32 on Saturday
It looks like there’s a small privacy glitch with uploading images to Flickr.
I use FlickrExport for iPhoto to upload my photos to Flickr, and no matter what privacy level I set in the uploader tool, the names and tags of the images might get indexed in search engines. It looks like the images are public until you click through the upload confirmation page — the one where you can add tags, modify names and write descriptions for the photos.
So if you really want to keep a photo private, I suggest you upload it with a generic name, no tags or description, quickly click through the confirmation, and only then add all the meta information to the photo.
I understand this problem is not new to the Flickr user community, the glitch just isn’t well documented so I wanted to highlight it.
How I found out about this glitch?
I uploaded pictures from our trip to Istanbul, and the batch included a private pic with two friends in it, tagged with their full names. The next day they started asking me how is it possible this picture comes up when you search for their name in Spock, a service not one of them had registered for! (More on Spock)
Interesting times, these.