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Senators want Zuckerberg to Explain Why Facebook Still Tracks Your Location even When You Ask It Not To

Yes, Facebook sill lies to you. Why is that not a surprise?

Two senators are asking Facebook to “respect” users’ decisions to keep their location data from the company.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to questions about how the company collects location data through the new operating systems for Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android.

Both Google and Apple updated their operating systems earlier this year to give users more control and insight into which apps can access their location data. Anticipating those changes, Facebook released a blog post in September explaining that even if users opt out of letting Facebook collect their data, it could still determine users’ locations in other ways, like through check-ins and users’ internet connections.

“If a user has decided to limit Facebook’s access to his or her location, Facebook should respect these privacy choices,” the senators, members of the Judiciary Committee, wrote in the letter to Zuckerberg.

Details may be found in an article by Lauren Feiner in the CNBC web site at: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/19/senators-ask-zuckerberg-to-explain-facebook-location-tracking-policies.html.

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security

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