Facebook’s Study app will pay you for your data

Joanna Estrada
June 12, 2019

Also, the data collected will not be added to the person's Facebook account information if they are a Facebook user.

"We've learned that what people expect when they sign up to participate in market research has changed, and we've built this app to match those expectations", Facebook's Sagee Ben-Zedeff said on Tuesday, "We're offering transparency, compensating all participants, and keeping people's information safe and secure".

"We've learned that what people expect when they sign up to participate in market research has changed, and we've built this app to match those expectations", Facebook product manager Sagee Ben-Zedeff explained in a company blog post today.

"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.

The social giant Tuesday unveiled a new research app called Study that will collect data on which smartphone apps people download, what features they use inside those apps and how much time they spend on them.

In January, Facebook removed its Research app from the iOS app store after being accused of paying teenagers for access to their mobile activity via a VPN app that gave Facebook almost unlimited access to user data and phone activity. In addition to Facebook Research, Apple removed Facebook research app Onavo VPN from the app store in June 2018. Right now, the program will be available only in the USA and India. Today, the company introduced its Study app, the goal of which is to - you guessed it - "study" users, in exchange for those users getting paid.

What information is Facebook collecting? The company also said it will not sell any information it collects via the app to third parties or use it to target ads.

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

Facebook said it is not collecting user IDs, passwords or any content like photos, videos or messaging.

Why we should care.

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.

As for why Facebook wants this data, the company says it'll use the info to improve its products.

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