Facebook explains location data with iOS 13, Android 10

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

The Facebook blog post, entitled "Understanding Updates to Your Device's Location Settings", highlights how new pop-up notifications will alert users anytime an app is using their location in the background, even offering up a map of the location data the app has tracked. But, to mitigate this issue, Facebook will be going by the setting that users have enabled for its app on Facebook background location settings, instead going by the setting enabled on the device.

Users will then be able to direct whether to "always allow" or "allow once" an app from accessing users' location data. To recall, currently, iOS users get only three options to share their precise location with any application.

In iOS 13, you'll be able to jot down reminders like you now can, but you'll be able to add dates, times, locations, photos, check lists, and flags to really get specific about your lists and to-dos.

The newest version of Android, called Android 10, gives people more visibility into and control over when apps can access their device's precise location while the new version of iOS, called iOS 13, will send people reminders about which apps can access their precise location information when they're not using an app and how many times each app has accessed it.

According to Facebook, they will still make it easier for Facebook users to control their location settings. The announcement also specifically mentioned that Facebook still knows and understand the location of users based on their check-ins, internet connectivity connection, and other means.

Your Android or iOS location settings allow you to control when you share your device's precise location with apps like Facebook.

Once you install iOS 13, you'll begin receiving notifications about when an app is using your precise location in the background and how many times an app has access that data.

However, the company started its blog with a clear statement that location-tracking in Facebook is important: "Facebook is better with location", the company's engineering director of the Facebook Location Platform Paul McDonald wrote. Furthermore, Facebook confirmed that the background location setting on Android 10 will be discontinued by reminding users to check their device's location settings. It also helps "improve" ads and helps keep the whole Facebook community safe.

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