Facebook explains how it uses location data

By Xite - September 10, 2019
The new versions of Android and iOS gives people more visibility into and control over when apps can access their device’s precise location. Facebook in a blog post has explained how its app uses lo....

With less than a few hours away from iOS 13 being introduced globally, which will provide iPhone users regular pop-ups for apps that are collecting information in the background, the social media giant Facebook has published a blog post that tells how the Facebook app uses location data.

The blog post appears after Apple and Android decided to make changes to location services that apps access in the background.

‘Your Android or iOS location settings allow you to control when you share your device’s precise location with apps like Facebook. That’s why we’re letting you know that Android and iOS have released new versions of their operating systems, which include updates to how you can view and manage your location,’ said Facebook in blog post.

iOS 13 which is scheduled to launch today, will provide regular pop-ups when an app is using your precise location in the background and how many times an app has accessed that information. The notification will also include a map of the location data an app has received and an explanation of why the app uses that type of location information.

The iOS 13 will send people reminders about which apps can access their precise location information when they’re not using an app and how many times each app has accessed it. On iOS devices, you currently have three options to share your precise location with an app – always, only when the app is in use or never. If you decide to update to iOS 13, you will see an additional option called ‘allow once,’ which lets an app access your device’s precise location information only once.

Facebook also addressed Android 10 that also now comes with a new location settings. On Android 10 also, you’ll have the option to allow individual apps to access your precise location, either while you’re using the app or when you’re not.

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