Facebook has a lot of revenue generating opportunities to abuse users’ privacy and more than once we have seen how it actually used these opportunities. However, being caught a few times, he had to be a bit on the hook, and now he must provide Internet users with a sense that their privacy is safe. A step in this direction is the introduction in the Android application of a feature that iPhone owners have for a long time.
We’re talking about the option to disable access to location information while the app is running in the background. After entering the location settings, we can use one slider to disable Facebook’s ability to track our location when the app is turned off. Until now, it has been used for the proper functioning of the Friends function in the vicinity or gathering information about visited places, on the basis of which it was possible to better target advertising.
However, users do not need to be aware of this change. That’s why Facebook will send a notification about the new feature and ask you to check the location settings – the corresponding alert will also be displayed on iOS devices. If the user ignores the request, background location tracking will be turned off by default.
The only question is whether Facebook really turns off the background location tracking completely? In the end, most people probably remember that turning off Google’s location history did not mean that it was not saved …