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IOS 13 GM seeded to developers before September 19 launch

IOS 13 GM seeded to developers before September 19 launch

Ahead of the official unveiling of iOS 13 later today, Facebook has published a blog post detailing how the changes affect its users' location data.

In its blog, Facebook writes that the platform is "better with location" as it enables features like check-ins, and more dubiously "helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe".

"For the first time, you can share your location to an app just once and then require it to ask you again next time it wants it", Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, said when the update was announced. Meaning, if Android 10 defaults to giving Facebook location data "all the time", but you don't have Facebook's background location setting on, the app won't collect your location data when you're not using it.

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.

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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.

"We'll also begin to phase out the Facebook background location setting on Android 10 by reminding people to check their device's location settings to make sure what they've chosen is right for them", he added.

In compliance with the latest iOS 13 features, Facebook clarifies that users are in control of their location. To recall, currently, iOS users get only three options to share their precise location with any application. IPhone users can opt to share their place always, just when the program is now in use or not.