if you want the true location of an observation at your home to be relatively private (but not totally private / hidden), i believe these are the 3 things you need to do:
- make sure your photos are taken without location EXIF data, or else strip out that metadata before you load them into the system. (the EXIF data will be loaded into the system and may be displayed to logged-in users, unless the associated observation has obscured or private geoprivacy.)
- manually input the location of your observations, with the center located somewhere relatively public and an accuracy circle large enough to encompass the true location of your observation and to prevent your true location from being easily guessed. (you can save this as a pinned location so that you can reference it in future uploads.)
- use a user name that is not easily traced to your true identity. if someone can track you down, then it wouldn’t be difficult for a determined investigator to figure out where your observations were made.
it is true that the system provides an option for obscured geoprivacy on your observations. but there are things about that functionality that make me personally uncomfortable enough with it that i would discourage most folks from using it.
no, the obscured coordinates are loaded to GBIF and other data aggregators.