Facebook launching app that pays users for data on app usage

The interface for Facebook's new app Study which pays users who let their phone be tracked is seen in images released by the company

The interface for Facebook's new app Study which pays users who let their phone be tracked is seen in images released by the company

The app's privacy policy states that all users must consent to the programme's terms to grant access to parts of the phone.

Though, defending the company, a Facebook spokesperson said that they did not review all of the data and what they obtained from the research app has now been deleted. Sound good to you?

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the social media giant was secretly paying people to install a "Facebook Research" Virtual Private Network (VPN) that was letting the company access user's data. It will launch only in the USA and India initially, and you have to be targeted by Facebook to take part. But, as we've seen numerous times, Facebook has been found leaking data several times in the past. Facebook is promoting the program by running ads asking people to participate. 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.

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Facebook would like you to believe it's learned its lesson with Study, and it has, to a degree: Users must opt-in to the new research project, and then they get an invite before they can use the app. "We also notify users on the Study from Facebook website and in the Play Store description about what information we collect and how it will be used".

"Study from Facebook does not collect user IDs, passwords, or any of the participant's content, such as photos, videos, or messages". The company also said it wouldn't sell user information to third parties or use it to target ads.

The rollout of the app comes almost four months after Facebook faced backlash over paying users of a different app it had created that tracked their app use, private messages, and locations.

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Facebook on Tuesday launched a new research app that will pay users for sharing information about how they use apps on their devices. (They were later brought back online.) Facebook ultimately ditched the Research app in January.

The app will be only available to people in the U.S. and India and will expand to other countries over time. The latter is a long-time partner of the company and will be managing the registration process, participant payments and customer support.

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