An informational blog post has been published by Facebook about its location data collection just before Apple’s ios update that will inform users of all apps that are tracking their location constantly. Facebook does not have the best track record when it comes to being discreet with user data, and the post serves more as a cautionary notice before Apple users get the upgrade. Explaining the reasoning behind rolling out this new feature, Apple has claimed that while enabling apps and giving them permission to track your location indefinitely can be helpful at times for the user, not to mention convenient, some apps can misuse this permission even when you are not using them.
Facebook has claimed that it tracks your location to give you a ‘better experience’ when you do things like checking in, searching, or connecting to a new WiFi. The new Apple feature will give you a pop up that shows you a map and a number of exactly how many times your app has asked the device for your location. This way, even if you have already granted permission, you will get regular reminders to ensure that you understand exactly what that permission has been for.
The Facebook post says that this new Apple feature will give you the exact time, map location, and quantity of when and where an app has asked for your data. Other apps that usually ask for your location are food delivery apps, shopping apps, service-related apps, and other social media apps, While it may seem convenient to your particular purpose at the time to grant such apps permissions, they also use this data to give you location-based targetted apps, which is the equivalent of selling information about you to advertisers.