Google and Apple’s latest operating systems allow you more control over how your location information is shared, giving give users the ability to limit what apps can do with your personal information.
Apple requires apps to let you know when they are using your location, for whatever reason, and will remind you if they continue to track you when you leave the app. iOS 13 also makes it easier to turn off location tracking with a simple tap. Android 10 now gives you more control over what apps can do with your location information.
Facebook, however, is not happy about it in the slightest. The social network really doesn’t want you to turn off your location tracking, warning users that turning off location tracking will result in a worse overall Facebook experience.
Facebook, says it needs to “use precise location even when you’re not using the app to make sure that alerts and tools are accurate and personalised for you.” Alerts and tools. I can’t think of a single Facebook alert or tool so important that I need to let the app track me all the time.
Both iOS 13 and Android 10 represent big steps forward in respecting user privacy, especially when it comes to location data. There are few things more intimate and personal than the location of where you are right now. Your location is where you actually exist and is usually a clue to what you’re doing at the moment.
Users should absolutely get to decide who they share that with, and give credit to both Apple and Google for making it easier to make that choice. If Facebook has a problem with that, tough!!!