Facebook has attempted to pre-empt awkward questions about privacy ahead of the launch of iOS 13, with a blog post explaining what Apple's new location data alerts mean for users of its mobile app.

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As we've covered elsewhere, Apple has doubled down on its privacy features in iOS 13, giving iPhone and iPad users a more granular view of how third-party apps access their location information – something that's obviously of concern to Facebook.

In a blog post titled "Understanding Updates to Your Device's Location Settings," the social network company highlights the fact that pop-up notifications now let users know when an app is using their location in the background, and even show a map of the location data that the app has tracked. The alerts also make users aware of how often apps are tracking them and their motivation for doing so.

Facebook points out that while iOS 12 gives users the option to allow apps access to precise location information "Always," "While Using the App" or "Never," iOS 13 adds an additional "Allow Once" option for permitting restricted one-time access. The social media giant clearly wants users to know that regardless of these changes, "Facebook is better with location..."

It powers features like check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe. 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.

It's no secret that Facebook harvests huge amounts of data on all of its users, but the company is clearly trying to allay concerns when the alerts start rolling in on Facebook users' devices once they've updated to iOS 13.

Apple usually releases new versions of iOS one or two weeks after it unveils new iPhones. Apple's ‌iPhone‌ event takes place today at 10:00 a.m Pacific Time, so we should see iOS 13 drop relatively soon. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of today's event both here on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Stay tuned.

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GrumpyMom Avatar
42 months ago
When I was on FB I was perfectly capable of texting, emailing and posting to my friends and family where I was, where I would be, and when and where I wanted to meet up with any of them. I didn't need the intrusive spy app tracking me and broadcasting my every move to all and sundry. Every time they automated and personalized something, they made it more annoying to the point I made my account dormant and haven't been back way before all the public scandals broke out.

I do not want to ever go back but I do find a lot of schools and parent organizations coordinate everything through FB. That's very annoying. I then have to get the information passed along to me. But so be it.

I initially liked FB but came to loathe it. I applaud anything Apple does to trip up their data mooching.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twinlight Avatar
42 months ago
Should have popups for apps using and apps that want to use.

There you are browsing the web and suddenly iOS asks you ”Facebook is using your microphone. Are you okay with this?”

No. No I am not okay with this. I haven’t had the app opened for an hour. So you press no. And suddenly the ads about stuff you have been talking about for the last hour disappear..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TonyC28 Avatar
42 months ago
Facebook: Uh oh, people are about to find out we are tracking them way more than they realize.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0815 Avatar
42 months ago
After installing the iOS 13 beta, I noticed popups asking for Bluetooth usage. So many apps want Bluetooth usage (and never explain why so they always get a No from me). On iOS 12, they're just granted it.

After the beta they're going to have to provide a description string as to why they need it.
yes, that was a total shocker how many apps accessed bluetooth for no good reason and without me knowing. Thanks Apple for making everyone aware of it. Keep up the good work it exposing the intruders.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Classie Avatar
42 months ago
Wow... I didn’t know this was included in iOS13! More of this please; let the user know when things are being used/tracked! Pop-up, symbols, sounds... the first step is to late people know what is going on and then they can decide for them selves.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrono1081 Avatar
42 months ago
Facebook: Uh oh, people are about to find out we are tracking them way more than they realize.
After installing the iOS 13 beta, I noticed popups asking for Bluetooth usage. So many apps want Bluetooth usage (and never explain why so they always get a No from me). On iOS 12, they're just granted it.

After the beta they're going to have to provide a description string as to why they need it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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