Facebook Collected 187,000 Users' Device Data Using Snooping App Banned By Apple

Sheri Evans
June 14, 2019

Once the app is installed, Facebook will have access to a host of information about the user.

The company seems to now to embracing the fact that it collects user data and its choosing to be more transparent about it.

Facebook says its new 'Study from Facebook' app will collect the data so the company can improve its own products. Sound good to you?

"We've learned that what people expect when they sign up to participate in market research has changed, and we've built this app to match those expectations", says the announcement.

The prevalent social platform Facebook reveal that it will begin paying people in order to monitor how they use their phone through a new app called 'Study'. Participants will be paid and the app is now available only in India and US. But, as we've seen numerous times, Facebook has been found leaking data several times in the past. Each person that clicks the ad can register and if they "qualify" (the criteria isn't really clear), they will be given a link to download the app in the Google Play Store. Installing the app on a phone and signing up will mean that Facebook will be able to keep tabs on which apps you're using and what you're doing while using them.

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According to a letter from Facebook to Senator Richard Blumenthal's office, the Research app gathered data on 31,000 users in the U.S. The rest of the data came from users in India.

Now, Facebook has relaunched its research app, but this time it targets adults instead of teens. Facebook said it will promote Study through advertisements on the social network and elsewhere, and users must be 18 years or older to participate.

The program is managed by a third party - Facebook's long-time partner Applause. The said app was banned by Apple following allegations that it was spying on teenagers by accessing all the data passing through their phones in exchange of up to $20 a month. The user's age will be cross-checked by referencing the age on their Facebook account.

Facebook on Tuesday announced the launch of a market research app called "Study from Facebook". It also plans to remind users that they're still part of the program every so often, and give them the chance to review what they're sending.

The app will be only available to people in the United States of America and India and will expand to other countries over time.

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