How to Remove Personal Data From Your Digital Pictures in Windows 10

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Did you know that when you take a photo with your digital camera, tablet camera or phone camera, a lot of information is added to the photo.

Almost all digital image files typically contain information about the date and time the photo was taken, camera (or digital device) manufacturer make and model (and often the serial number), camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, and in the case of smartphones, even the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken are added

This information is called metadata and is referred to as Exif (Exchangeable image file format). It’s a worldwide standard that specifies formats for files recorded by digital cameras. However, none of this information is added by the user when the photo is taken;  it’s automatically added by the device or digital camera you used to take the picture.  But when you or someone you share the picture with opens it, all you or they see is the photo itself.  But there’s usually a a lot of invisible info hiding inside of a digital photo.

Windows 10 gives you the option to remove all or most of this data from the picture, with a couple of clicks. It’s easy to do, and we are going to walk you though the process step by step. Don’t worry, it could not be easier.

Find a photo on your PC that you took with your digital device (camera, phone, tablet) and right click it.

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Now click on Properties and then click the Details tab.

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The devil’s in the details. You can see a lot of information is stored about the picture you took, when you look at the details (see the screenshots above and below).

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If you want to remove some or all of that information, near the bottom of Properties > Details, you’ll see a link that says “Remove Properties and Personal Information”. When you click that, you see the following:

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You have a choice of  creating a copy of the photo with all possible properties removed. This is a good choice if you want to keep the original and share the copy that will be created if you choose this option.

Or (see below), you can pick and choose the details you want to remove from the picture. When you choose this option, the changes are made to the original photo and a copy is not created.

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Keep in mind, this is not going to defeat forensic science… but it will remove Exif data from your photos well enough so that it can’t be retrieved by the average user.

Thank you for reading!


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3 thoughts on “How to Remove Personal Data From Your Digital Pictures in Windows 10

    1. infoave Post author

      Your information is not correct. Metadata is Exif data.

      Digital image files typically contain information about the date and time the photo was taken, camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, manufacturer make and model (and often the serial number) and in the case of smartphones, the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken (pure evidentiary gold in many cases). This metadata is called Exif (Exchangeable image file format) and is a standard that specifies formats for files recorded by digital cameras. None of this information is added by the user at the time of file creation. (Source )

      The metadata tags defined in the Exif standard cover a broad spectrum:

        Date and time information. Digital cameras will record the current date and time and save this in the metadata.
        Camera settings. This includes static information such as the camera model and make, and information that varies with each image such as orientation (rotation),
        aperture, shutter speed, focal length, metering mode, and ISO speed information.
        A thumbnail for previewing the picture on the camera’s LCD screen, in file managers, or in photo manipulation software.
        Descriptions
        Copyright information.

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      The Exif standard was established in 1985 by the JCIA (Japan Camera Industry Association), the predecessor of CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association). Today, JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) manages the standard, while CIPA discusses new technology and promotes the standard.

      Although Exif data come primarily from digital cameras, some scanner drivers also write such information in the files they generate. Raw file processing software can use the Exif information to more accurately render the images, and new technologies, such as Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”), incorporate this photographic information to help render a photographers’ intentions in finished prints.

      Additional reading and information on Exif data.

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