Facebook says it's the & # 39; most restrictive & # 39; will respect location settings while iOS and Android roll out updates – but encourages users to continue sharing their data
- Facebook said it was the most restrictive & # 39; will use settings in Android and iOS
- New privacy features have been set to give users more control over location services
- Those settings can conflict with settings selected in the Facebook app
- Facebook said it will use the more privacy-oriented location settings of the two
- The company also encouraged users to keep location sharing enabled
In response to new privacy features in iOS and Android, Facebook says it is the & # 39; most restrictive & # 39; will respect users' location settings, but encourages users to continue to share their data.
In a blog post, Facebook explained that the new wave of location sharing options on both Android 10 and iOS 13 – the two primary mobile operating systems – will affect some of its functions and, most importantly from the company's perspective, an important facet of his business models.
In particular, the post addresses new options in operating systems that allow users to enable and disable location sharing more explicitly and in more detail.
In these new features, options are included in Android to only use location services when the app is in use instead of constantly running in the background – previously, users were only offered a simple on / off switch.
Facebook wants users to know that it respects the most restrictive location settings in new Android and iOS updates, but wants users to continue to share your location information.
Another new feature rolled out in iOS 13 allows users to allow location services for the requesting app only once and then disable it after a one-time use.
However, it becomes tricky when you consider Facebook's own in-app settings, which allow users to set their own location-sharing settings, including a sharing feature only when the app is in use.
To help resolve conflicting privacy settings between Facebook's own app and the settings selected on the device, Facebook said it is now always the & # 39; most restrictive option & # 39; choose.
& # 39; To address this issue, Facebook will continue to respect your most restrictive choice of settings & # 39 ;, the company wrote.
& # 39; For example, if the location setting of your device is set to & # 39; always & # 39; but if your location setting on the Facebook background is disabled, we will not collect your precise location information when you are not using the Facebook app. & # 39;
Despite respecting the more privacy-sensitive of two options, Facebook also urged users to maintain their location-sharing services, and said the site works best when Facebook has access to someone's data.
Facebook has fainted in recent years with a series of privacy scandals and has therefore switched to a more privacy-oriented vision. Photo file
& # 39; Facebook is better with location. It supports functions such as check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe, "the company said in the post.
& # 39; Features such as Wi-Fi search and nearby friends use a precise location, even when you are not using the app, to ensure that alerts and tools are accurate and personal to you. & # 39;
It is worth noting that Facebook also has an interest in encouraging users to maintain their location services, given how lucrative the data can be for potential advertisers.
Facebook has long considered targeted advertising to be a crucial element of its business model and has used a wealth of user data, including location services, to seduce businesses looking for consumer insight.
However, this focus on collecting information has also given rise to countless privacy scandals in recent years and has led to a more serious movement towards data collection.
HOW CAN FACEBOOK PLAN IMPROVE PRIVACY?
In a blog post on March 6, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to rebuild based on six & # 39; privacy-focused & # 39; principles:
- Private interactions
- Reduce sustainability
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg promised end-to-end coding for all its messaging services, which are combined in such a way that users can communicate via WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
He calls this & # 39; interoperability & # 39 ;.
He also said that advancing, the company will not post messages or stories & # 39; longer than necessary & # 39; or & # 39; longer than people want & # 39; to hold.
This may mean, for example, that users have messages deleted automatically after a month or even a few minutes.
& # 39; Interoperability & # 39; ensures that messages remain encrypted, even when jumping from one messaging service, such as WhatsApp, to another, such as Instagram, Zuckerberg says.
Facebook also hopes to increase user confidence in how it stores their data.
Zuckerberg promised the site & # 39; will not store sensitive data in countries with weak human rights data such as privacy and freedom of expression to protect data from incorrect access & # 39 ;.
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