It’s not a week since Instagram’s founders resigned from their positions after a strained relationship with Zuckerberg and clash of ideologies to run the business. Facebook has already started tightening the noose on Instagram. A prototype privacy setting has been spotted on Instagram that allows you to share your location history with Facebook. This geo-tagged data collected by Instagram will help Facebook in showing targeted ads to users. You can view the data shared by Instagram by visiting your Facebook account’s Activity Log section. The data will contain the maps of the places you have visited when your Instagram app was running, even in the background. Facebook’s critics saw it coming after Zuckerberg’s fallout with the founders of the photos sharing app. This might be the first step to link both the apps in a manner that poses a risk to users’ privacy. Next step could be spamming you with notifications to drive referral traffic or APIs to … [Read more...] about Instagram’s New Prototype Shares Your Location With Facebook
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Ever wanted to use Find My Friends with your Android friends? Or Trusted Contacts with iPhone owners who still refuse to switch to your favorite mobile operating system? Well, Google fixed that with a Trusted Contacts update that will now let you share your location across platforms. Think of it like Apple’s Find My Friends app, but across platforms! Don't Miss: This $59 home security camera has one of the $300 Nest Cam IQ’s best features One of the many useful tricks the iPhone has is a little app called Find My Friends. The app will let you locate your friends and family on a map, and can be a life-saving feature (or an incredibly invasive way to spy). Over on Android, there’s Google’s Trusted Contacts app, which pretty much does the same thing. But unlike Apple’s version, this one isn’t platform-specific anymore. Trusted Contacts is now available in the App Store, Google announced in a blog post, which means it doesn’t matter what devices … [Read more...] about Google now lets you share your location across iPhone and Android
When you’re traveling with a larger group, you seem to always be receiving or sending a “Where are you guys?!” text, particularly this time of year when music festivals are in full swing. Google Maps is a great way to do that sharing, in part because it’s something that everyone probably has on their phone already, and it’s cross-platform, so folks on iPhone and Android devices can keep track of each other in the same place and with the same amount of ease. Now Google has added another great feature: the ability to see what your friend’s remaining battery life is on their phone. The idea is that if you see Jenny’s phone is about to die, then you’ll know that her location probably isn’t going to be correct (or at least won’t update) an hour from now. It can also help you know that Jenny isn’t ignoring your texts, and give you a good idea of where she was before her phone bit the dust. If you’ve never shared your … [Read more...] about How to Share Your Location (and See Friends’ Remaining Battery Life) on Google Maps
While iOS 11.3 added support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML), an automatic location-sharing feature used by some European emergency services, iOS 12 will include support for a similar U.S. emergency service called RapidSOS, Apple announced today. The feature will share iPhone location data with 911 first responders later this year, enabling quicker discovery of imperiled people and reduced response times. Apple notes that 80 percent of 911 calls today come from mobile devices, but obtaining location information without spoken details from the caller can be a challenge. RapidSOS will automatically pass along iPhone location data using an industry-standard protocol that integrates with many 911 centers’ existing software. “911 telecommunicators do extraordinary work managing millions of emergencies with little more than a voice connection,” said RapidSOS CEO Michael Martin. “We are excited to work with Apple to provide first responders a new path for … [Read more...] about iOS 12 will share your location with 911 emergency responders
This app is tracking your every move!—a hyperbolic headline I’m sure we’ve all seen before. While the sentiment here is a over-the-top, it does raise an important question: do you know how private your location actually is? Every day it’s something new. Today it’s headlines about activity-tracking app Strava (iOS, Android) and how it “gave away” locations of secret army bases. Despite my personal feelings on that particular story, it still raises an important question: do you know how private your location data is? Do you even know which apps are tracking your location and sharing it publicly? Everything Is Public, Until it Isn’t The absolute first and foremost rule where digital privacy is concerned: assume that everything you do is public until you set it otherwise. Sure, there are apps and networks out there that are private by default, but those are few and far between. So you should always operate as if every app is … [Read more...] about Do You Realize How Much You Share Your Location?