Facebook has added a notice within its iOS app encouraging users to allow themselves to be tracked because the information it collects from other apps and websites can “help keep Facebook free of charge.” A similar message was seen on Facebook subsidiary Instagram’s iOS app.
Appl’s App Tracking Transparancy framework now requires iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS developers to get express consent from device owners to allow their Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) to be shared and collected across apps. The requirement also applies to Apple’s own apps.
The company refers to the notices as “educational screens,” and said they provided “more details about how we use data for personalized ads,” according to [a] blog post by Dan Levy, Facebook’s vice president for ads and business products.
“This version of iOS requires us to ask for permission to track some data from this devices to improve your ads. Learn how we limit the use of this information if you don’t turn on this device setting,” the screen reads. “We use information about your activity received form other apps and websites to: show you ads that are more personalized, help keep Facebook free of charge [and] support businesses that rely on ads to reach their customers.”
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