DL: I just learned that Android is not as good as Apple in this important privacy function. Apple allows you to share location “Only when the app is in use,” as opposed to all the time! See the difference explained.
Hundreds of apps can follow your movements and share the details with advertisers, retailers and even hedge funds. Here’s how to limit the snooping.
By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries and Natasha Singer
Dec. 10, 2018
At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found. The companies use, store or sell the information to help advertisers, investment firms and others.
You can head off much of the tracking on your own device by spending a few minutes changing settings. The information below applies primarily to people in the United States.
How can I tell if apps are sharing my location?
But the language in those policies can be dense, confusing or outright misleading. Apps that funnel location details to help hedge funds, for instance, have told users their data would be used for market analysis — or simply for “business purposes.”