Should You Allow Apps to Access Your Location?
You should reasonably expect just about any app connected to your Facebook account to compile your contacts, likes, and Instagram movement. But there are plenty of other apps prying into your personal space. Like thousands. In one Northeastern University study, more than half of the 17,000 apps surveyed were able to take screen-shots on your phone. These are the most egregious offenders:
The Weather Channel App
Controlling app location tracking is a challenge that all mobile phone users face for now and the foreseeable future. There’s no perfect way to prevent internet marketers from tracking you and selling your data. As app vendors and phone manufacturers develop increasingly sophisticated tools to let you control how much of your information gets out there, the other side is perfecting new ways to circumvent controls over what they can find out about your life. The best you can do is maintain awareness, be familiar with all the controls at your disposal, and allow your location to be shared only at a bare minimum necessary for you to function.