Apple’s operating software just got a new update to the iOS 11. This update has many new features that make the user experience more convenient. One striking feature is that the iOS 11 forces a location tracking setting of “while using the app” on every single app.
Uber got into a controversy earlier this year when the ride-sharing app began tracking users’ location even when they weren’t using the app. The app limited users to giving the company permission to either always track their location or to not track their location at all — the latter option making the app unusable.
Therefore, users had no option but to grant Uber access to their locations at all times.
When asked about this, Uber defended its policy, saying that the tracking was a way to enhance rider safety and that it restricted tracking to a five-minute limit after each ride.
iOS 11, however, forces a location tracking setting of “while using the app” on every single app that has location-tracking features. The rollout of iOS 11 gives users the option of limiting app access to location to only when the app is in use, regardless of the developer’s desire. As a result Uber updated its iOS app with options to share location “while using the app,” “always” and “never” in location settings. The company did, however, make it sound like it was its decision to do so.
Now, instead of the “always” and “never” location tracking settings, the “while using the app” option is available for everyone, even if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet.
The company’s security chief John Sullivan said, “Uber never actually implemented always-on location tracking for iOS. Still, by giving you the power to block it, you can ensure your own privacy.”