As the social network said, still having access to such information is particularly useful, since it can recommend stores and places to its users, while at the same time being able to cope better with them. hacker and to combat misinformation.
"You have no control over your personal information," Republican Sen. Josh Hawley told a tweet of.
"These are the big tech companies, and that's why Congress needs to act."
Facebook said that indications of a user's location include tags in photos showing a particular place or check-ins at a location such as a restaurant.
In addition, there are many users who share an address in a Facebook shopping unit or simply include it in their profile information.
Combining all of these information, the platform is able to finally locate a user's location, even when it's not completely clear.
Facebook said that knowing the general location of the user, as well as others applications and services, are able to protect accounts by detecting when suspicious login behavior occurs, such as if someone is trying to log in from South America to a user account located in Europe.
IP addresses also help companies such as Facebook combat misinformation, pointing to the general origin of potentially inappropriate activity, such as posting with political content that may be targeted to a particular country.
As Facebook recently said, it has been well-prepared for the new data protection law, which will start to apply in California early next year.
The new law will give users the right to see what data big corporations collect technology and with whom they share it.