Facebook details location tracking permissions ahead of iOS 13 launch

Facebook is worried that users will get worked up about the amount of location data it gathers on them

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One use case that Apple is already talking about for the U1 locator chip is a faster, much more accurate, directional use of AirDrop with iOS 13 and the new iPhone 11 series phones. Ahead of the official unveiling of iOS 13 later today, Facebook has published a blog post detailing how the changes affect its users' location data.

Anyone using the Facebook app - and any other apps that access location data - on an iOS device will now begin to receive notifications when an app is using their precise location and how many times the app has accessed the information.

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Facebook recently revealed how the app collects the user location and the background location data on Android and iOS smartphone devices. Naturally, this will have an impact on apps and services that need to have access to your personal information.

On iOS devices, users now have three options to share their precise location with an app: always, only when the app is in use or never.

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To Facebook's credit, it will use the most restrictive settings a user implements, whether it's in the Facebook app or in their mobile OS. As per the report, the evidence of this upcoming co-processor was discovered in the internal builds of iOS 13.

So if you update and wonder why you're getting a bunch of prompts regarding location data, this is why.

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The company however notes that it may still understand users' location through "check-ins, events and information about your internet connection". According to CNBC, the update is created to give users more control over their privacy sharing settings, a move that seemed to specifically target both Facebook and Google.

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