(17/12/2019) Facebook tracks location despite opt-out
Even if location services are disabled, Facebook tracks the positions of a user by extracting the location from metadata of uploaded content or by estimating the location of the IP address of the connection.
This practive was confirmed by Facebook in a letter to US senators where the company admits it uses several sources to track the location of its users. According to Facebook, this information is used for targetted advertising where ads and sponsored posts are filtered based on the location or region.
- epic.org: Facebook Admits to Location Tracking, Ignoring Privacy Settings (17/12/2019)
- the official letter sent to the US Senatep(19/11/2019)
- BoingBoing: Facebook offers funny answer for why it tracks users’ locations even when they turn tracking services off (18/12/2019)
- 9to5Mac: Facebook accesses your location even when you’ve opted out, confirms company (18/12/2019)
- TheHill: Facebook details location tracking after pressure from senators (17/12/2019)
- Firstpost: Facebook admits to accessing user location data in app even when opted out (19/12/2019)
- Futurezone (in German): Facebook sammelt permanent Daten über Aufenthaltsort seiner Nutzer (18/12/2019)
- Numerama (in French): Facebook subit encore les conséquences de son laxisme : 267 millions d’informations dans la nature (20/12/2019)