Facebook and iOS privacy. Now, a couple of months ago, I talked about location tracking and thanks to the GDPR and other privacy laws coming out. Facebook has started to open up through legislative, forcing to give that visibility into the users. And part of that was location tracking. So if you have the mobile app on your phone, you can go into the settings and location and turn location off. But what it doesn’t do is delete the prior location history. And what you can do is I’m going to provide you the link in what you can do to, to delete that in view it, before you deleted to show really how much data they have.
So keep in mind when you go look at the location history, you may not have data for, uh, the recent times. If you turned off location history in your mobile device, go back a year, go back two years before you purge everything and take a look at the data. And when I went back, um, you know, year and a half ago, even though I had location history turned off for a while now, uh, that not only did they have my location, they also had data points in there on when I was traveling in what direction I was traveling, how fast I was traveling. And it was, uh, eye-opening, it’s just, uh, not only the, the location data, but also how often they collect that data and the types of data points that they’re doing, that they are able to detect, whether you’re stationary at a location or in transit.
And that’s all for quote unquote, personalizing ads for you. So you go into the location history link again, be in the show notes, and then you’ll see your data, or you pick your date and look at your data. Now, what you need to do is go over on the right hand side, you’ll see the three little dots, the option dots, and then you can go into location settings and go ahead and turn on or turn off location tracking. I would recommend turning it off and then doing the same and making sure that it was reflected in your mobile app and make sure to turn off in both locations. Then what you want to do is, uh, go back into those options, go down to delete all location history and blow it all away. Unless you want Facebook to know exactly what you’ve been doing, where you were going on on any day for the years, going back then leave it there.
Um, but the right recommendation is to go in there and purge it and blow it away, delete all the location history. And if you have an Apple device, install iOS 14, the second it comes out and opt out of all the tracking from a Facebook, if you use it bare minimum and just use it to keep tabs on family members and not really use it as a social platform, um, and just do that. But in any case, the GDPR, the privacy is when you get into these tools, they’re not very public about it. A lot of people don’t know about it, or it comes out for a day and then they quickly brush it under the rug, but it’s there. And it’s really eye opening. When you look at the data from a more subjective viewpoint to say, Holy cow, they are really collecting as much as humanly possible on, on me.
And that’s just for location right now. They all the locations that you are at, they also know all the locations, uh, profile. If you’re at a business, if you’re an office complex, if you’re traveling on highways, this, that, and the other thing, all of that builds into a profile for you. So this is one of those, uh, tips to go into that you probably don’t, aren’t aware of. Even if you have location history turned off, you’re going to need to go in and purge your location. That’s there. And this is the tool that you’ll do it. So look, uh, the link will be in the show notes below it’s facebook.com/location, underscore history slash view, and go in there. You’ll log in and just go ahead and disable it. Check your, check your data, go back a couple of years and just be audit at the type of, uh, location information. Uh, they’ve got on you. Um, and then go ahead and delete it all security and five, be aware, be safe. Thanks for listening.