Uber Falls in Line With Settings in iOS 11 That Limit Use of Location Services

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Uber has updated its iOS app to fall in line with new options in iOS 11 that let users limit an app's use of location services (via The Verge).

    With iOS 11 installed, it's possible to restrict the gathering of location data by any third-party app so that it can only access the device's location status when the app is in use.

    Uber has faced criticism in the past for tracking users' location even when they aren't using the service, while offering them only a binary choice of either allowing always-on tracking or turning it off altogether.

    Uber had argued that the tracking enhanced rider safety and said it restricted tracking to five minutes following a ride anyway, but many users cited the policy as a privacy concern.

    With the latest update however, Uber has highlighted the fact that users can elect to share their location "While Using the App", "Always", or "Never". These options can be found in the Settings app under Privacy -> Location Services -> Uber.

    These permissions override any third-party app's settings, which should address users' concerns regarding similar behavior.

    Article Link: Uber Falls in Line With Settings in iOS 11 That Limit Use of Location Services
  2. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    They never actually gave us the choice until Apple stepped in. It’s not them who added the location option, it’s Apple.
    Uber is arrogant and not customer friendly even in their updates they don’t detail what bugs they’ve fixed or what enhancements they brought to their app it has become just like Facebook.
  3. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
  4. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Otherwise known as “Uber trying to do a positive PR spin on a decision that they had nothing to do with.”
  5. jakebrosy macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2011
    I laughed when I saw this.

    I stopped using Uber when the app was updated to include all-the-time-tracking. I don't DO anything I need to hide, but if you're going to get the data you need to pay me for it.

    What's funny is that - at this point - with all the sh*t we've heard about Uber I can't imagine a scenario where I'd go back to them. I have the perfect combo of Curb for taxis and the combined Gett/Juno service.

    And that's really the problem for Uber now isn't it? If I had never removed Uber I would not have looked for alternatives. And now that I have a solution there's no reason to consider Uber again.

    I wonder how many other customers they lost over the location issue?
  6. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    They actually mentioned this a few updates ago (along with a statement from the CEO).

    But both did occur after iOS 11 was released to developers so it was likely spin back then.
  7. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    I paid for a taxi last time I needed a ride.
  8. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    I uninstalled Uber due to the location tracking issue (and to the fact that I only use it 1-2x per year at most). However, if you want to get paid for your data you shouldn't use services from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google, Microsoft, and so on. You should also generally stay off the web unless you have severe script blocking, cookie blocking, and use a VPN. Even Apple uses your data and they don't pay you for it. Uber was maybe more egregious in their offenses but many things offered for free come with a cost - the smallest of which might be your data.
  9. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Hope, Apple work with other local solutions like Ola
  10. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Uber fixed this a couple weeks ago before the release of iOS 11.
  11. TimSHB macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2008
    The Midwest
    ...after it became known that iOS 11 was going to override it.
  12. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    The article is wrong. Uber hasn't changed their app background tracking setting choices. If you're still running iOS 10 or lower, the only settings available to use with the most recent app are STILL Always or Never.
    But BFD. If you're that paranoid that uber is going to track you in a way to compromise your privacy or safety, just freaking quit the app when the ride is over. Done.
  13. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Not true. They changed this about a week ago, and the "only when using" option showed up on iOS 10 as well.
  14. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Uber is so gross.

    Used to spend a lot of money with them as I traveled the world on business.

    Now it’s $0.
  15. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    They announced this a couple weeks ago. Suppose they thought they'd grab some good press for something they had to do anyways.
  16. trusso macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2003
    When you're strong-armed into doing the right thing, it doesn't really count.

    As the villains say in Scooby-Doo, "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"
  17. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    LMAO what a junk company!! Apple should call out Uber on this fake press announcement.
  18. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Yah, regarding the lack of app update notes, that is one of the most annoying things with many popular apps. They have this boilerplate text and never change it from update to update. Do they really think users are that dumb or don't care about knowing what has changed? It really is an insult to their users' intelligence.
  19. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Why are they gross?

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