Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Facebook to pay users who allow access to phone data

Facebook to pay users who allow access to phone data

More of your data. The participants are also allowed to leave the program at any time by uninstalling the Study app and notifying the vendor that they want to end the partnership.

Once up and running the app will periodically remind participants they are part of the Study program.

Facebook has a new app that'll pay users for data on how they use phone apps.

"Study from Facebook does not collect user IDs, passwords, or any of the participant's content, such as photos, videos, or messages", Facebook said. Study for Facebook will send out ads to people residing in United States and India from where they can sign up for the program.

The Study app will only be available on the Google Play store. A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment about its pay model.

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Facebook then claims it will use this metadata to learn which apps are preferred by users with the goal of improving its own set of products.

The app will be downloadable by anyone but only the chosen few will be able to login.

That may explain the glaring lack of the words "iOS" or "Apple" anywhere in this week's announcement about Study.

What information is Facebook collecting?

Together with the data Facebook collects about the way participants use their phones, that gives it a pretty intimate, 360-degree view of you as a consumer. The company has also restricted the release of the app to two of its biggest markets - India and the US. With its previous research app, Facebook paid users $20 monthly in gift cards. Also, the Study app is only coming to Android for now and can be downloaded by anyone from the Play Store but only users approved by Applause can log in and use it. But offering to cough up money for the intimate details of your digital life really put this into perspective. Not everyone can sign up and using Facebook isn't a requirement either. A thank you, if you will, for all of the information you share that it inevitably profits from. However, the post does not mention how much a user will be paid for sharing his phone's information, which Facebook promises will not be given out to any outside company, or third-party developers. The information collected from the scheme will be used to build better products for the Facebook community.

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