Facebook Warns Users About Its Real-Time Location Tracking

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Facebook recently revealed how the app collects the user location and the background location data on Android and iOS smartphone devices.

With the arrival of iOS 13 and Android 10, Facebook is preemptively warning users that location settings are about to change and it's surely just trying to help you out.

The iOS 13 update will send out reminders to users about which apps are using their exact location even when they're not using the app, and provide them with the time that the data was gathered.

"Your Android or iOS location settings allow you to control when you share your device's precise location with apps like Facebook", Engineering Director Paul McDonald wrote.

As expected, Apple released today the GM (Golden Master) versions of its upcoming iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 mobile operating systems, along with the eighth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina and 10th beta of tvOS 13.

iOS 13 also includes a number of new privacy-focused tools, including Sign in with Apple, a feature that will let you sign into apps and websites using your Apple ID.

The rather blunt blog post by Facebook explains some of the ways users might benefit when allowing Facebook to track their location, including the background when not actively using the Facebook application.

In practice, the danger is that the prominence of the brand new setting will see customers regulate their location sharing for the first time.

Most users already know that when it comes to Facebook, the product they're selling is their users' personal info, as it harvests large amounts of data about all of its users.

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