Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

Now, a TechCrunch report shows that Zuck's minions have been "secretly paying people to install a Facebook Research VPN [Virtual Private Network] that lets the company suck in all of a user's phone and web activity".

"We designed our Enterprise Developer Programme exclusively for the internal distribution of apps within an organisation", Apple said in a statement.

Addressing the issue of consent, Strafach acknowledged that Facebook said users were provided with "extensive information about the type of data we collect and how they can participate", but argued that "they do not inform users of the massive amount of access you hand them when hitting "Trust" on their root certificate". The app will be discontinued on Apple's iOS, though it will continue to run on Android devices.

The Facebook Research app targets people of ages 13 (!) to 35, with those from 13 to 17 being required to submit parental consent forms.

Facebook said it would stop its Facebook Research program on iOS last night, without mentioning that Apple had already forced them to do so. This effectively bans Facebook's Research app, which was first uncovered by on Tuesday. But a spokesperson told CNET earlier Wednesday that Facebook didn't share the data it collected and users knew what they were signing up for.

Since Onavo was banned on the App Store, Facebook uses an installation process that completely bypasses the App Store by using beta testing services like Applause, BetaBound, and uTest.

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But it also raises serious questions about how Facebook continues to approach and value sensitive user data, as the company attempts to recover from successive privacy scandals throughout 2018 and other, broader crises. The company was distributing the app outside of Apple's App Store, using a special program created to help companies install internal apps on their employee's phones. However, the Android version of the Project Atlas will be continued. John Gruber, an Apple blogger with an inside line to the iPhone maker, speculated that it could even result in the Facebook app being pulled off the store in retaliation.

The social network acquired Onavo in 2013 but removed it from the App Store previous year after Apple updated its rules on data collection.

Mashable has also reached out to Facebook for comment, and we will update this story when we hear back.

"Like many companies, we invite people to participate in research that helps us identify things we can be doing better", the spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed statement.

Facebook had been collecting this data through its Onavo Protect VPN service, which it acquired in 2013 for $100 million - $200 million. This type of data gathering can not be done using an App Store app. Going forward, if Apple doesn't change its mind and provide Facebook with new certificates, the company will have a lot of trouble distributing these new features internally before rolling them out to the public.

In Facebook's case, it knowingly broke those rules by encouraging third parties - including children - to download the app and use it. This month, in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg said "we're all distrustful of systems we don't understand".

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