MoD Warns Service Personnel From Using Facebook Places

The Ministry of Defence has advised military personnel not to use location tagging features on social networking platform, as it fears that terrorists could use the technology stage an attack.

The MoD has particularly highlighted the use of Facebook’s recently launched Places geo-location feature, which allows users to share their location with friends.

Tech new site The Register reports that the MoD released an internal advisory to army personnel.

The advisory read: “Users on operations or in Northern Ireland are potentially putting themselves at risk by drawing attention to their exact whereabouts.”

The MoD said that services, like Facebook Places, were a one-stop shop for locating potential targets for terrorists, who could be aiming to target army personnel above others.

However, the MoD said that it was not ordering army personnel to stop using Facebook Places, but was merely advising them against the dangers it poses.

Facebook has said that its Places function came with powerful privacy protection features, which allow users decide with whom they want to share their location with.