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I like to leave GPS enabled so that it's ready to go when I open Maps or certain other location based apps.

However, one app that I don't want to access GPS is Facebook. There is, as far as I can tell, no option within the Facebook app to prevent it from trying to access GPS whenever it starts.

Is there another app or setting I can use which will allow me to leave my GPS enabled, but block specific apps, like Facebook, from accessing it?

Note: I took a look at this question, which suggested using Tasker to essentially whitelist certain apps. I have Tasker installed, but I can't get it to do what I want, which is essentially blacklist specific apps.

Note 2: My phone is not rooted, and I hope to find a solution that does not require rooting.

Note 3: I have Android 2.3.6

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Unfortunately, I do not think you'll find a solution without being rooted. – Bryan Denny Feb 29 '12 at 14:50
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With LBE Privacy Guard you can block positioning permissions for certain apps. You can download it here:

It is important to note that LBE does require your phone to be rooted.

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Also an app called "Permissions" does something similar on rooted devices. However, keep in mind that such utilities may cause apps you deny permissions to crash. – Chahk Feb 29 '12 at 12:27
Unfortunately, LBE Privacy Guard requires a rooted phone, and mine is not rooted. I'll update my question accordingly. – Questioner Feb 29 '12 at 12:48
I don't think it would be possible without rooting. Willing to be proven wrong though! – Suraj Bajaj Jun 18 '13 at 14:07

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