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Facebook Attempts To Stay Ahead Of Forthcoming Privacy Changes In iOS


Facebook Attempts To Stay Ahead Of Forthcoming Privacy Changes In iOS
A blog post detailing how the social media platform Facebook is dependent on location data of users and how new updates of iOS and Android software impacts access of the company to that information was published by the company on Monday.
"Facebook is better with location" read the Facebook blog which comes just before the anticipated release of the latest software from Apple, iOS 13, and it has been just a few days that the new Android 10 was  released by Google.
The new iOS updates would allow users to receive notifications containing information about the specific apps that are presently collecting their location data in the background and the number of times that the app had accessed such data over a specific period of time. A map that shows the users when information about their location was requested would also be given in the notifications. Numerous notifications could be received by people that show them how Facebook is accessing their location info after the roll out of the features of the new iOS13.
It is also expected that new iOS would be launched along with the launch of the new smartphone models by Apple. Typically, new iOS is rolled out by Apple within a couple of weeks of the launch of new iPhone models. The new update for iOS was rolled out by Apple in June at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. According to the new setting on iPhones, users will be given an added option of deciding to share their location data with an app just one time. Following that, the app will need to request consent form the user each time the app wants to access location info.
In the current iOS settings, users have the option of choosing ot share their location data with an app when it is being used never or always. Apple will send people reports about how that info is being used to those users who choose to let an app continuously monitor their location.
Apps can access location of users both while they are being used as well as when they are not being used in the current Android 10 iOS. Earlier, sharing of location in the background was either on or off and there was no option for choosing to share their location information when using an app or even when not using it.
However, according to the blog post, even if the location settings on the device of users are turned off, it would be possible for Facebook to collect info about the user’s location despite these updates.
"We may still understand your location using things like check-ins, events and information about your internet connection," the post said.
"It powers features like check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe," the post said. "Features like Find Wi-Fi and Nearby Friends use precise location even when you're not using the app to make sure that alerts and tools are accurate and personalized for you."

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