They Know Where You Are! New Rumored Facebook App Will Track User Locations 24/7

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February 6, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Even though Facebook came under scrutiny in 2011 for installing cookies onto users’ browsers that tracked Facebook members’ every move online, industry insiders say the social media network is now trying to find a way to follow user locations nonstop.

Facebook is working on location-tracking mobile app, reports Bloomberg Businessweek (via The LA Times). And get this: the app would be able to locate a user even when the phone isn’t being used. Currently, Facebook’s mobile app allows users to let others know where they are by “checking in” at a restaurant or a landmark, for example. But the new app would continuously track the user once the app is activated.

Like its cookie-tracking information, the data Facebook can collect with the new app will help the company “generate more revenue from ads based on users’ locations and their daily habits,” the report says.

The location-tracking app is expected to be made available in mid-March. Users will have to give the app permission to track them.

This new app will most likely create more criticism for Facebook and its data collecting practices, and also raise further privacy concerns for the network’s members.

Would you use this new app?

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  • RAVENS GANG!

    I have no use for this kind of app; and I think it strange that people want others to know their location when they make status updates.

  • ballen1133

    I don’t consider myself to be a paranoid person, but the more FB intrudes into the privacy of their users just because they have an account and want to communicate with friends and family on a mass scale, the more I am beginning to think they and Big Brother are hand in hand.

  • Charla

    Yes it’s creepy. Fb needs to chill out with trying to be the first at all the new technology. I don’t need anyone not even my husband knowing where I’m at at all times. I will definitely not be downloading that and now I’m kind suspicious about the current app that I have on my phone…

  • Charla

    Yes it’s creepy. Fb needs to chill out with trying to be the first at all the new technology. I don’t need anyone not even my husband knowing where I’m at at all times. I will definitely not be downloading that and now I’m kind suspicious about the current app that I have on my phone…

  • SMHgurl24

    Honestly if theres nothing creepy about this i’m finding my own private island to be on. I use fb to keep in touch with friends not be stalked by some company..

  • SMHgurl24

    Honestly if theres nothing creepy about this i’m finding my own private island to be on. I use fb to keep in touch with friends not be stalked by some company..