Facebook launches app that will pay users for their data

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And it is only available on the Google Play Store, though Facebook said it might work to expand it to iOS in the future.

"Providing users this up front sort of notice is definitely a good thing, and should be the norm for any company which markets, advertises or otherwise makes use of users' personal information for generating revenue", said Nathan Wenzler, the senior director of cybersecurity at wealth management firm Moss Adams. Today, the company introduced its Study app, the objective of which is to - you guessed it - "study" users, in exchange for those users getting paid.

After coming under fire earlier this year for quietly paying users between the ages of 13 and 35 up to $20 a month in most cases for permission to install a "Facebook Research" VPN on their phones, Facebook found itself having to defend what sounded from the outside like an extremely sketchy practice. Instead, Facebook will be running ads online and if you click on one, you can register to download Study. It's also only open to users in the USA and India.

In retaliation, Apple temporarily suspended all of Facebook's internal apps, including those that employees use to schedule meetings and look up shuttle schedules, essentially bringing numerous company's processes to a halt.

How much time you've spend on each app.

Facebook got into hot water earlier this year for running a program that allowed minors to hand over their phone data in exchange or compensation.

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App activity names and the app features users are taking advantage of.

Facebook is compensating users for participating in the market research program, but did not give details on how much money users would earn.

The user's country, device and network type.

The Study app will not collect user ID's, passwords, or content stored on your phone. "We also know that this kind of research must be clear about what people are signing up for, how their information will be collected and used, and how to opt out of the research at any time".

Facebook is promising that it will periodically remind users that they've agreed to be part of this study, in case they've forgotten that Facebook is still peeking over their shoulder. Transparency and handling people's information responsibly have guided how we've built Study from Facebook.

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