Instagram Might Share Location Data With Facebook


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Mar 3, 2018
Techcrunch got a tip suggesting that Instagram could share location data with Facebook in the future. Jane Manchun Wong previously reported on prototypes of Instagram Video Calling and Music Stickers, which eventually turned into features, and now she says an Instagram prototype has a new setting in the Privacy and Security section. The Location History option "Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your device." A Facebook spokesperson said that Instagram doesn't store location history now, but that they "often work on ideas that may evolve over time or ultimately not be tested or released."

"Location History is a setting that allows Facebook to build a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your device. When Location History is on, Facebook will periodically add your current precise location to your Location History even if you leave the app. You can turn off Location History at any time in your Location Settings on the app. When Location History is turned off, Facebook will stop adding new information to your Location History which you can view in your Location Settings. Facebook may still receive your most recent precise location so that you can, for example, post content that's tagged with your location. Location History helps you explore what's around you, get more relevant ads, and helps improve Facebook. Location History must be turned on for some location feature to work on Facebook, including Find Wi-Fi and Nearby Friends."
Another Fuckerburg owned company collecting and aggregating data on customers? Say it aint so?!
on iOS you can just turn off background refresh and only allow location while app is actually in use. Or uninstall.

Also, its super clear in the wording that Location History available to the user, and the backend process that logs the data are completely separate things. You can turn off 'history', but not actual location tracking. Its incredibly shady.
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I'm actually quite surprised the two are not yet sharing those data. at one point We were blocking th and domains in our work environment and consequently discovered that instagram was blocked as well. We discovered that a bunch of urls for loading images on instagram are coming from domains.