As Ipernity extracts Exif meta data to a great extent, i. e. not only "basic" information such as exposure, aperture, creation dates, etc., but really almost "all that's there" and I am usually very privacy-aware and "data-economical", that is an aspect I have been sort of uncomfortable with.
Especially data such as the Serial Number of the camera and other "sensitive" meta data that could easily be used to trace back to an individual - and are of hardly any use for other purposes such as figuring out the method of shooting - caught my attention.
[On a sidenote to kind of fend off speculations of paranoia on my part: last year Canon announced it would be potentially possible to track down the person who had photographed/-copied the latest Harry Potter novel by means of the meta data of the camera used, cf. Times Online]
Of course you can disable displaying Exif data but I do want to let others interested in exposure or ISO easily have access to this information. So disabling display of Exif all together is no option for me.
The only solution thus is to remove all IMO "unnecessary" meta data from the files before uploading them.
Here is what I have figured out for myself so far, I might overhaul it in the future since it is rather rudimentary - but sufficient - at the moment.
I decided to use ExifTool, which is
a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in image, audio and video files.
It is a very powerful and flexible tool that can do a lot more than what I use it for - e. g. also handle meta data from other file types than images.
At the moment I have decided to do the following with it:
- exiftool -all= *.jpg
This removes all meta data from all files ending with the extension .jpg in the current folder, moving the originals to files with the additional extension "_original".
- exiftool -overwrite_original -tagsfromfile *_original -make -model -exposuretime -aperturevalue -flash -iso -lens -focallength -orientation -datetimeoriginal *.jpg
This copies the specified meta data (Make, Model, Exposure, etc.) from the "backuped" _original files to those stripped clean of any data.
Of course the fields can be extended or reduced to everyone's personal needs and the whole thing put into a nice shell script etc.
I still need to figure out what information is stored by my camera in what fields and what groups - it's well documented but rather complex - so I can specify more precisely what data to copy.
As I wrote above, this solution is rather rudimentary and not perfected, since e. g. certain fields (e. g. Components Configuration: YCbCr) are created - I assume because of interdependence with other fields/groups and meta data specifications -, but functional for the moment and a better solution for me to either shutting off the display of Exif data completely or showing everything.