Facebook For iOS Could Be Tracking Your Every Move


Despite the fact that constant updates are being rolling out in order to make Facebook for iOS even more enjoyable, there is one reason why the social networking application continues to hog battery and trust us, the reason is much more sinister than you would have believed.

Security Researcher Claims That Facebook For iOS Is Monitoring Your Every Movement

While Apple has claimed that it is planning to bring a fix that reduce the battery consumption of the application, the primary reason why it is such a battery guzzler is because it is constantly tracking your movement through GPS. According to security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, the app’s code was thoroughly searched around and what he found was that Facebook is sending devices’ location information back to its servers.

While this could probably be executed so that the company would be dotting down new ways on how to further make the experience more enjoyable for millions of users, the data could also be used to keep a track of individual’s daily activities, which would automatically quality as a privacy invader. The source states the following concerning the nature of Facebook for iOS.

“If you move around a lot, you are likely to use more battery but the combination of GPS and networking going on in the background is likely the majority cause of battery drain.”

On Facebook's in-app location settings, it is written in black and white that if you have set the access to ‘always’, then the company has a policy of building a history of the user’s precise location, even when that said user is not using the application. If you happen to be using the application with the highest amount of frequency compared to all the other apps installed on your iOS device, then it would be a really good idea to read the remaining policy details from Facebook.

According to a spokesperson belonging to the billion dollar company, the following has been stated:

“We are not tracking background location if the location setting is off on your device or in the app. We are not collecting background location on iOS unless Location Access is set to Always on your device and you have enabled Location History in the Facebook app.”

If you still have not read the fine print concerning Facebook’s privacy policy, then we strongly recommend that you go through it in detail. If you do not like the idea that the app is tracking your every movement, you can easily go into the Settings section and turn your ‘location settings’ off.