Facebook introduces new privacy controls for location data on Android

Facebook introduces new privacy controls for location data on Android

"Today we're announcing an update to Facebook's location controls on Android to give people more choice over how we collect location information and how we store it".

The "Location Services" setting for iOS also comes with three choices - Never, While Using and Always - for when an app could access the precise location of the users.

Facebook is updating its Android and iOS app to offer users increased control over location tracking.

Before, Android users had only one setting that allowed Facebook to track their location, or not. The app operated under Google's Opinion Rewards program, which collected information about what users watched and how they used the internet to help refine Google products. For those who aren't seeing the notification for whatever reason, just head on over to Settings & Privacy Settings Location Location Settings to turn off Location History. If you never turned on "Location History", you won't get an alert.

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"For example, when people choose to use Nearby Friends, a feature that lets friends share their locations with each other, they give Facebook permission to access their location even when they're not using the app", Paul McDonald, at Engineering Director at Facebook notes in a new blog post. Put differently, it could keep tabs on users' location even when they're not using it, but now there's an option to turn it off.

You can find out if Facebook is tracking your location by going to the social network's settings. Facebook isn't changing any settings by default. The users will be informed about the new setting and prompted to review the feature to make sure it is configured the way they want. Facebook is smart to offer more control and transparency to users, many of whom have grown skeptical of the company in the wake of various data controversies.

Here's how you can stop Facebook tracking your location all the time and allow it to do the same only when you use it.

. That's why the latest changes wouldn't affect people using iOS.

Google Play Protect will also start warning users when they try to install outdated apps from outside the Play Store.

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