Facebook will pay people to track phone usage

Facebook wants your data.                  Angela Lang  CNET

This practice of Facebook recruiting folks to give up access to their phones for chump change also raises the question of whether users might think of their data differently if Facebook were paying for it. We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services'.

Facebook says that the program is created to help it to "learn which apps people value and how they're used" so that the company can "build better products for the Facebook community". Last year, a slew of documents released by the United Kingdom parliament revealed that Facebook used its now-defunct VPN app, Onavo, to track competitors through data it collected from users.

Facebook Research, as that version was called, launched quietly in 2016 and ended earlier this year, after it made a few enemies. People often have a lot of apps on their phone, so we'll periodically remind participants that they are a part of the programme.

Not anyone can participate in Study.

In contrast to the previous app, Study will only be available to people 18 and up. Anyone over the age of 18 who uses the app will be compensated for contributing to the research; and real-world testing specialist Applause will manage the registration process, all compensation to participants, and customer support.

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What information is Facebook collecting? They'll also have the opportunity to review the information they're sharing with us. Legislation and privacy advocates have already blamed Facebook for quashing competition by acquiring competitors apps and copying features.

The country you live in, the device you use and the type of network your phone runs on.

Facebook says they will not collect any data that they have not disclosed, they also state that usernames, passwords and content such as messages will not be collected. Richard Blumenthal's office, Facebook acknowledged that it collected data on 31,000 users in the United States, including 4,300 teenagers.

Why we should care.

"We did not review all of the data to determine whether it contained health or financial data", a Facebook spokesperson said. Advertisers have reaped the benefits of the company's ad targeting capabilities, but marketers want safe platforms - and channels - where their messaging can be heard without the risk of people's data being misused, or worse, stolen.

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