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U.S. Air Force warns against the use of the "Facebook"
Category : General 23 Nov 2010 03:45 AM | Industry News
A rising number of websites and applications are taking advantage of new technology that allows users to pinpoint their location on a map.
Devices such as the iPhone and Blackberry allow people to use this feature on the move, a process called ‘geo-tagging’.
Where the armed forces once cautioned civilians and enlistees that "loose lips sink ships," today's warning extends beyond the danger of a conversation overhead in a cafe or on the street. In an admonition posted on its internal website earlier this month, the Air Force said "careless use of these services by airmen can have devastating operations security and privacy implications," according to the Associated Press.
Although Facebook users must check in to a location or visit the mobile Facebook site to check in, the Air Force is worried that careless service use by troops could lead to inadvertent disclosure of military members' positions.
Today, the U.S. military has about 95,000 troops in Afghanistan and approximately 50,000 in Iraq, reports said.