Over the past few years, we have seen concerns about the privacy of data provided to applications grow in companies and countries, partly driven by cases such as Cambridge Analytica and the constant leaks of information linked to Facebook.
Knowing this, Apple and Google have worked to increase control of what is effectively shared with third parties by providing tools for proper control on Android 10 and the upcoming iOS 13.
Knowing this, Facebook explained how the application will collect data on both platforms, already considering the changes imposed in the updates in question, as can be seen in detail below:
In Android 10, new features have been implemented that aim at greater control of user privacy, which includes dual management when effectively talking about location data provided by the device for applications and other services. In addition to the traditional turn on/off capability, more robust configurations have been made available allowing you to define whether to allow access for a specific application or at any time.
Initially, this possibility had already been inserted into the Facebook application itself but due to changes, it should give priority to the choice that has the highest level of restriction among the chosen ones.
Example: If location sharing is turned off in the system and the application is released, then priority will be given to not collecting data.
Like Android 10, iOS 13 will also have news related to this aspect, offering the possibility of sharing by access “only once”, in addition to the options already known (always, only in use or never).
In addition, notifications will be provided advising the user of the precise location usage in the background, explaining their motivation to be enabled at that time, thus allowing greater control over what and when it is actually shared.