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After upgrading to Mojave, I checked around the settings for new features and saw that location-based apple ads (Security & Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services Details) was unticked (I'd unticked it some time ago in a previous version of the OS). Later I opened the new News app to see what it contained, and noticed that the welcome banner said it would use location based ads unless opted out, but I didn't think much of it since I'd already opted out.

Today I checked that setting again and noticed it had become ticked. After unticking it and opening Apple News, it doesn't seem to have been re-ticked again. Is this something it only does the first time News is opened, or have I misidentified the culprit?

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Yes.

When you first launch Apple News, there is some small text by the continue button that says:

Your location is sent to Apple to provide you with geopgrahically relevant ads in Apple News and Stocks. You can change this in System Preferences.

If you previously had location based Apple ads unticked it will become ticked.

  • would you call that invasion of privacy ? I mean it was ticked off on purpose, and at least it shall clearly ask for authorization to turn it on. – Ruskes Oct 22 '18 at 20:51
  • I would. My guess is the detailed "Terms and Conditions" underneath the continue button lists in great detail how you must accept the location ads to view Apple news unless you opt out. – Unassuming Guy Oct 22 '18 at 21:14
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    Well, I had a suspicion but I'm still surprised. That's pretty low. – Dave Oct 22 '18 at 22:01
  • Is there an Apple Support page that indicates they will turn on location-based ads if you use News? I don't recall having to recheck that setting and turn it off when I first launched News. – fsb Oct 23 '18 at 12:04

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