Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook thinks you’ll trade privacy on your phone for cash

Facebook thinks you’ll trade privacy on your phone for cash

However, Facebook also denied that it was collecting the kind of invasive data that it was being accused of, emphasizing that it only cared about analytics data, and "did not target any health or financial apps, collect any images or video, or decrypt the vast majority of data being sent by a phone". Facebook will select users based on some criteria and collect the data from them to improve the user experience on Facebook and other services from the company. 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.

Remember Apple banned a Facebook "research app" earlier this year from App Store?

The company says it would not see any specific content, including messages, passwords, and websites the users visit, the report said. Once you've downloaded the app, you can supposedly stop it from continuing to collect your information by uninstalling the app altogether.

The move also comes at a time when there are global concerns around data privacy and how some of the world's top internet companies had been illegally harvesting user information without taking subscribers' consent. Facebook says it is looking for "the minimum amount of information needed to help us build better products", but that's still a reasonable amount.

Among them, Dimitri Sirota, CEO and co-founder of data privacy company BigID, who said that the app is "a mixed bag for privacy". You'll need to be using an Android phone for that: iOS doesn't give Facebook the low-level access to the operating system that it requires.

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To use it, users will have to have Bluetooth enabled on both their iOS and Android devices, so the Android smartphone can sign and authorize any login attempts for Google accounts initiated from the iOS counterpart.

They'll manage the registration process, all compensation to participants, and customer support.

Facebook has not said how much it plans to pay for this information, but in the past it has given market research participants as much as $29 per month, plus bonuses for user referrals, according to TechCrunch.

If you participate, you'll get paid to run an app on their your phone that tracks what other apps you've installed and how you're using them.

As of now, there is no information regarding how much will be paid to the users who opt for the scheme.

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