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Facebook tracking app would be an advertising platform and more

Reports are coming in that indicate Facebook might be developing an application for smartphones that allows location tracking of users. The tip comes from two sources that spoke with Bloomberg claiming to be familiar with Facebook's plans. According to the sources, the app is scheduled for release by the middle of March and is intended to help Facebook users locate friends who are nearby.

The app will reportedly continue to track users even when the program isn't open on the smartphone. This new application will also be a platform that would allow Facebook to sell location-based ads. Facebook is always on the lookout for ways to squeeze more money out of its huge number of users.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during Facebook's earnings call late last month, "A lot of what we had to do last year was simply to improve our mobile development process. The next thing we’re going to do is get really good at building new mobile-first experiences."

Facebook's data policy already allows the company to use certain location-based information. The company's data policy says that it can use information "to tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you that you might be interested in."

“When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city),” the data use policy reads. “But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications.”
There is no question that if released, this app will bring a wealth of criticism from privacy advocates (even though users would have to download and opt-in to the service).

Source: Bloomberg

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Facebook app, I got rid of that garbage.
By cknobman on 2/6/2013 11:35:26 AM , Rating: 3
I recently got fed up with my old Nexus S being slow laggy and unresponsive and went on a crusade to find out what was causing it.

Low and behold I deleted the Facebook app and my phone was running fine again. Come to find out even though I had disabled the sync and background data and even went into the apps settings and turned off all notifications the app still started up in the background and was using my data connection for something.

Now, if I use Facebook at all, I just go to their mobile site which is much easier and faster than their damn app plus I dont have any vampiric processing consuming resources or reporting crap in the background.

RE: Facebook app, I got rid of that garbage.
By Nortel on 2/6/2013 12:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook is a cesspool of fake life, time sink, ads, data hoarding, image stealing and now user tracking. I can't believe people are still stupid enough to willfully be associated with this garbage.

RE: Facebook app, I got rid of that garbage.
By NellyFromMA on 2/6/2013 1:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Says the guy who posts regularly on forums. Sorry, it was just too hard not to say so.

C'mon man, just because you have an opinion doesn't mean anyone who uses facebook is stupid.

By MechanicalTechie on 2/6/2013 5:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but the dude it right.

FB is for sad pathetic people that have nothing better to do with their lives. I mean who really cares what someone does on the weekend, how boring must your life be if you find that interesting.

Plus you gotta be tapped in the head to allow FB full unfetterer permission to do whatever they want with your personal information. If you dont care then sell it, but to give it away for free its totally retarded!

FB is in the same league as Apple... strickly for people scared about not being included... then thats why is so popular most people are nothing more than mindless sheep.

I gave up on social media
By Ammohunt on 2/6/2013 12:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
I tried facebook and decided that it was more than useless as a tool to communicate with the people that matter most to me so i deleted my account. It was great for collecting "friends" that i went to high school with(a huge non-event) that i don't give a rats ass about. The people i want to be "social" with live in my contacts on my phone and no where else now. Being tracked will be part of our way of life soon unless you place your phone in a Faraday cage and only take it out to make calls in locations you don't care anyone knows. My privacy trumps my availability and connectedness.

RE: I gave up on social media
By NellyFromMA on 2/6/2013 1:02:01 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, isn't it essentially already a part of our every day lives (being tracked that is)? I feel like we are well into that era already.. :/

RE: I gave up on social media
By Ammohunt on 2/6/2013 1:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
Makes Ted Kaczynski less nutty everyday...<shiver>

dont plenty of apps on google play already do this?
By xti on 2/6/2013 12:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
it shouldnt just be about FB, but all apps currently doing it.

By NellyFromMA on 2/6/2013 1:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, if you want to use the Google Play store, you essentially must not disable the very services used to keep track of your general usage throughout all of Android including search. I tried and failed miserably as the phone simply isn't very useful at that point.

That is, unless you don't want to actually install apps. And yes, I realize you can go somewhere other than Google Play, but really... that's a terrible experience too.

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