Geotagging and all that goodness can be wonderful.
Imagine you want to create a family vacation slideshow (or video or whatever), and you get to pull in location data to automatically display maps of where you were.
I've been wanting to buy a GPS unit for our camera for a while. Still haven't gotten one, but eventually...
I don't think I'm really all that interesting, so I'm not particularly worried about GPS tags in my photos.
When I added some cropping functionality to my Photo Resizer software, I had to sanitize thumbnails. Those can be problematic.
The original article was in the context of stalking children though... Dunno. Geotagging can also help you keep track of your kids. It's really a double-edged sword.
Any tool can be used for "good or evil". People bludgeon each other with hammers and stab each other with screwdrivers, but we don't start freaking out about the evils of hammers. What was that bumper sticker? "Guns don't kill people. I do."
"There are no bad dogs, just bad owners."
For automatically enabling it, I think that's a good idea. You can't get the data back if you don't have it to start with, and it's relatively easy to sanitize EXIF data.
Dunno... I just think the world is better when we don't automatically assume that terrorists and child molesters are stalking us on every street corner. The media has created such a massive reality distortion field around so many issues there, and the field isn't a good one -- it's pure fear. Not a particularly nice way to live.