Questions arose from users about why Facebook was tracking their moves, and in order to answer their questions, Facebook posted a blog to explain why they’re tracking your moves.
Facebook tracks your move even if you don’t use the application, and the social media platform is not denying this truth.
Paul McDonald, the engineering director of Facebook said, “Location Tracking helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe.”
He added, “Features like Find Wi-Fi and Nearby Friends use precise location even when you’re not using the app to make sure that alerts and tools are accurate and personalized for you.”
Once you give permission to Facebook, it will automatically track where you are even if the application is not being used. It also leaves cookie data on our devices for tracking.
How can Facebook track you?
Let us say you posted a picture on Facebook or Instagram and you decided to “Turn on location services” so it could automatically tag the city you’re in, with this feature alone, you are giving your location access to Facebook.
Android 10, which is the latest version of Google’s Android OS, Facebook will grant users to know more about the information Facebook will receive from them. This means users will now get more visibility information and control over apps getting their location data.
IOS 13, the new OS of Apple, will be released next week, and to tackle the safety concerns of Apple users, the tech giant will give reminders to its users about which applications have been allowed to access location information when they are not using the certain app.
McDonald admits that even if you turn off the location services on Facebook, the social media platform is still capable of pulling out your location data.
McDonald said, “We may still understand your location using things like check-ins, events, and information about your internet connection.”