Ever since upgrading to macOS Sierra, I have been able to keep track of when programs use my location because the menu bar displays an icon whenever an app requests this information. I have noticed that about once per hour, the location services icon appears for a few seconds, and when I click on it it says "Apps requesting location: Setting Time Zone"

I've tried disabling automatic time zone detection in System Preferences (Under the Privacy > Location Services options), and this does not prevent this from happening. Here is what this setting looks like on my computer, note that the "Time Zone" box is already unchecked:

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I looked at the list of other programs that have recently requested my location, and nothing unusual appears:

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What is causing this, and is there any way to disable it? If this cannot be turned off, then is there a way to prevent it from appearing in the menu bar?

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    Possible duplicate of Location icon randomly appearing in status bar every hour Commented May 12, 2017 at 15:20
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    @Mateusz OP of this question has already disabled the Setting Time Zone option unlike that link, hence my solution over there won't work here — this isn't a duplicate?
    – grg
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 19:51
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    @Mateusz My second screenshot in my answer shows what happens if you try to enable Night Shift's Sunset to Sunrise option when the Setting Time Zone option is disabled: it won't let you. It may be there's a bug that OP has stumbled across here, but that doesn't make it a duplicate either?
    – grg
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 19:56

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I had the same issue on macOS 10.12.6. Give this a try:

  1. Under System Preferences > Date & Time > Time Zone: Uncheck "Set time zone automatically using current location"
  2. Disable location services completely
  3. Delete the file "/Library/Caches/com.apple.AutoTimeZone.plist"
  4. Reenable location services again
  5. Restart your computer

Does it solve your issue? Source

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    This worked for me in Sierra (macOS X 12), but in High Sierra (macOS X13) I don't see a "com.apple.AutoTimeZone.plist" file in "/Library/Caches/" folder (in Finder or Terminal).
    – 2540625
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 20:53

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