How to Prevent Facebook from Background Location Tracking on Android

Alfred Osborne
February 22, 2019

In other words, iOS already has this option long before Android did because of its built-in iOS location permissions, which lets users decide whether to let an app track them all the time, only when they're using it, or never at all. People using the Facebook app on Android could either totally share their location data or disable info sharing entirely.

The new feature follows a report from CNBC that Facebook had been using its own app and website to track the location of users that the company felt posed a threat to its employees and offices.

Now, that has changed as Facebook has introduced a new setting called the Background Location Setting.

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While iOS users have been afforded control over the background collection of location data for a while, until now Android users have been presented with the blunt tool of simply enabling or disabling location data completely. "Not only will users gain quicker and more convenient access, but most importantly are given an even more secure and private way to explore content using open technologies without needing platform specific app marketplaces or cumbersome side-loading certificates which could make one's devices less secure", said the company. "We're not making any changes to the choices you've previously made nor are we collecting any new information as a result of this update", the company wrote in a blog post.

According to Google, over 95 percent of malicious Android apps caught by Google Play Protect are targeting older Android versions. Starting August of 2018, all new applications submitted to Google Play were required to target Android 8.0 Oreo (API level 26) or higher, while updates to existing applications submitted after November 2018 would also have to target API level 26.

Among a host of other privacy issues, Facebook have been criticized for not being entirely transparent about its location-tracking practices. Your current settings will remain the way they are even after the new feature rolls out. Tap it to go to the Location Access menu. It also helps us recognize if your account has been compromised.

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