The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria on Friday advised Facebook to make its Global Positioning System (GPS) location tracking switchable (that can be turned on or turned off), to reduce risks.

Dr Chris Uwaje, a member of the Council, gave the advice in in Lagos.
A Fellow of Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), said suggestions to reduce the risks associated with the tracker, was necessitated by the increase in the security implications of the equipment.

A Bloomberg business report said the social network giant, Facebook ?is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users.? According to the report, the application is scheduled for release by mid-March; it is designed to assist users find nearby friends.

The report also said that the application would still run, even when the programme was not opened on the handset, which questioned the security of individuals on Facebook.

“The security concern is part of personalisation. What one would probably require is that the provider should have the permission of the owner of that phone, to grant them access or permission to track them,? he said.

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