Tuesday June 28, 2016

Facebook Uses Your Location Data to Suggest Friends

Holy cow, this is freaky. What can you do about this? As this article suggests, go to "location services" for Facebook in your phone settings and turn that crap off. Trust me, there is no reason Facebook needs to track your movements.

Last week, I met a man who suspected Facebook had tracked his location to figure out who he was meeting with. He was a dad who had recently attended a gathering for suicidal teens. The next morning, he told me, he opened Facebook to find that one of the anonymous parents at the gathering popped up as a "person you may know." The only connection the two appeared to have was being in the same place at the same time, and thus their smartphones being in the same room.