In contrast to Android, iOS offers three location settings: never, always and while using the app. Facebook's new background location control makes location on Facebook for Android more like iOS. In other words, once you grant Facebook permission to access your location, it collects your location data whether you're using the app or not.
Previously, the Facebook app for Android either let you keep location services off or on. For Android users, Facebook is sending out alerts to anyone that's agreed to share location data in the past. iOS users will be nudged to check on their settings to make sure they're right. With Location Services turned on and Background Location turned off, you will only be allowing Facebook to track your location when the app is in use.
Among a host of other privacy issues, Facebook have been criticized for not being entirely transparent about its location-tracking practices. Android users could only prevent the app from collecting location info entirely or give it wholesale access to location data collection.
Facebook has tweaked its Android app to give you a bit more control over your privacy. The company has been building user-centered mobile apps since 2010, and with its offices in Vietnam, will be able to outsource iOS and Android app development thanks to the country's lower costs.
Following Jan. 2019 announcement, Google has started rolling out an update to its Gmail Android app adding a material theme as seen on its webmail. The Social Networking Giant is updating its location settings for Android OS. This will also be better for users to watch content with more privacy and less effort.
Users can download the new app or update their app to receive the update. Tap it to go to the Location Access menu.
In France, location data provider Teemo found that with more transparency and control, as compelled under GDRP, users were highly likely to opt-in to share location (70+ percent). This is described simply as a "checkup" so that users can review their setting and adjust them if desired.