The Most Important Things to Know About Apps That Track Your Location


Many apps on your smartphone keep track of where you are, often for obvious-sounding reasons.

Your weather app wants to tell you local conditions. Branded fast-food apps like Chick-Fil-A’s find your nearest location.

Dating and hookup apps want to connect you with people in your area. Along the way, though, these apps are quietly amassing enormous amounts of data. 

As many as 200 million mobile devices report location data to smartphone apps, according to a 2018

New York Times investigation, with some logging a user’s location as many as 14,000 times in a single day.