Apple’s iOS 13 privacy pop-ups to shine spotlight on creepy Facebook’s data grabs

Apple’s iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.

Natasha Lomas for TechCrunch:

Facebook piggybacking on people’s use of Bluetooth for benign purposes like pairing devices so that its ad business can ‘pair’ people is the sneaky modus operandi that iOS 13 has caught in the act here… mix in hot-blooded signals gathered by watching who actually mingles with whom, where and when — by repurposing Bluetooth to harvest interpersonal interactions via tracking people’s physical movements — and Facebook can take its curtain-twitching surveillance of human behavior to the next level.

iOS 13’s new privacy pop-ups to call out background app activity are a clear response to such disingenuous methods by an industry Apple CEO Tim Cook has dubbed the data industrial complex — putting a degree of control back in the hands of the user, who gets a third choice of manually disallowing Bluetooth proximity tracking… Android 10 has also recently expanded the location tracking controls it offers users — with the ability to only share location data with apps while you use them. Though Google’s OS lags far behind what Apple is now offering with these granular pop-ups.

MacDailyNews Take: Time for the great unwashed to truly begin to be woken up about what sleazy Facebook is and does. #DeleteFacebook.

If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane. — MacDailyNews, May 23, 2018


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If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

2 Comments

  1. How about a setting in iOS that allows the user to automatically reset the “Advertising Identifier” at a specified interval. Once an hour, once a day, once a week, etc.. This would throw another monkey wrench into the attempts to track users without their knowledge.

    1. How about allowing me not just auto reset advertising settings but sow misleading information back to those services… time for active contamination of sleazy trackers!

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