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Best practice: Controlling which applications can use the GPS feature on a BlackBerry device

By default, if a third-party application or a preloaded BlackBerry® Application on a BlackBerry device supports the GPS feature, the application can use the GPS feature. For example, BlackBerry® Maps is a preloaded BlackBerry Application that uses the GPS feature to permit a user to locate a global position.

Best practice

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Control which application on the BlackBerry device can use the GPS feature.

Consider preventing a third-party application or preloaded BlackBerry Application from accessing the global position of the BlackBerry device.

To apply this best practice, you can use one of the following methods:
  • To prevent the BlackBerry device from permitting all third-party applications and preloaded BlackBerry Applications from accessing the GPS feature, change the value of the Disable GPS IT policy rule to Yes.
  • To prevent a third-party application from using the GPS feature, change the value of the Is Access to the GPS API Allowed application control policy rule to Not Permitted. Assign the application control policy to the software configuration.

Control when the BlackBerry device reports its location to the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server.

By default, the BlackBerry device does not use the GPS feature to report its location to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. If you change the value for the Enable Enterprise Location Tracking IT policy rule to Yes, consider configuring the interval after which a BlackBerry device reports its location to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

To apply this best practice, you can use the Enterprise Location Tracking Interval IT policy rule. You can also use the Enterprise Location Tracking User Prompt Message IT policy rule to create a message that the BlackBerry device displays to notify the user that you turned on the ability of the BlackBerry device to report its location to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.


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