How does Facebook know my location?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rockinrocker, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    And how do I permanently disable this?

    In Safari on a MBP, btw.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's a combination of your IP address as well as the locations you and your friends have given to Facebook voluntarily.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Via the ISP you chose to make a contract with. Maybe you can use one of the many of Proxy Servers out there to serve anonymously or Hotspot Shield.
     
  4. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So there's nothing on my actual system that they use for location data?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Not your personal data, unless you give Facebook access to it. It is just your IP address.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The closest they can get with your IP address is your city, or perhaps a general area of the city, and the name of your ISP. They can't see your street address. To see what it reveals, just go to this site: http://whatismyipaddress.com/
     
  7. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    Yeah, all that ever pops up is the city.

    Thanks for the link, haven't seen that one before.
     

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