Professor creates site that tracks where people's cats live

A Florida State University professor has created a project that tracks where a cat lives using cat pictures that are posted online.

The website is called "I Know Where Your Cat Lives" and gives people the ability to hit the "random cat" button to reveal where cats live around the world. It gives each cat's exact geographical location, according to Newsy.

The app may sound creepy but it's supposed to be. Professor Owen Mundy is using the project to show people how unsafe it can be to post pictures online.

Cameras often encode the latitude and longitude of where a picture was taken. (Via C/N N/G / CC BY NC SA 2.0 )

Any picture that you take could very well have geolocations encoded in them.

The project's site says, "This project explores two uses of the internet: the sociable and humorous appreciation of domesticated felines, and the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave that decreased privacy all."

The professor got the cat pictures by simply searching the internet for images tagged "cat." So if your selfie has that tag, it may be on the site! HLN's Jennifer Westhoven points out that anybody, not just Mundy, can find where you live just by your pictures.

"So many cameras just do that automatically, and that basically means that anyone, a company or Big Brother can basically know where you are," she said.

Mundy said that the idea came to him when he started posting pictures of his daughter on Instagram and thought about how dangerous it might be. He wanted to open people's eyes in a "fun" way. He says that he'll take down any pictures from his map if the owners contact him.

If you want to get your own cat on the map, head over to his Kickstart page where any donation allows you the option to add your own cat to the map.

Currently, there are over one million cats on the map.

 

 

 

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