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Android Users Can Now Stop Facebook From Tracking Their Location

Android Users Can Now Stop Facebook From Tracking Their Location”

That's why Facebook is giving users the option to turn their "Background Location" on or off in the Android app. Turn it off, and the app won't share your location data when it's not in use.

Facebook is updating its Android and iOS app to offer users increased control over location tracking. However, Facebook will alert people who did opt in sometime in the past to give the settings a quick look to see if they want to change anything.

For those who are unaware, Facebook's Location History option (when switched on) allowed you to share your location at all times and store your location history.

The social network says it's alerting users who use the app on Android phones about the new feature, through Facebook. Now, Android users will have more explicit, granular control over background collection and location information sharing. The company recently introduced income targeting by ZIP code. The trouble there is that gave the app access to your location data whenever it wanted, regardless of if you were using the app or not.

Notably, Facebook said it wouldn't be "collecting any new information as a result of this update". In addition, a majority of users were more aware of the use of their personal data by marketers this year than they were last year. Through greater transparency and control, they can instill trust that has been eroded by complexity and secrecy. He writes a personal blog, Screenwerk, about connecting the dots between digital media and real-world consumer behavior.



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