Saheli Roy Choudhury
Facebook has secretly set up an application to install an app that uses people to mobile phone data, TechCrunch reported tonight tonight.
Since 2016, the giant social network has paid teenagers and adults a month to $ 20, and the quote has been installed on Apple or Android phones called "Facebook Research", according to TechCrunch. To hide direct participation on Facebook, the program performs BetaBound and uTest beta tests and is called "Project Atlas".
TechCrunch, according to security experts, includes Facebook including private messages including ads, emails, web searches, and web browsing activities. Continuous location monitoring continues from other location monitoring applications installed on the device, according to the report.
The Facebook spokesperson told the CNBC that the company uses custom programs to build custom habits.
"Like many companies, let's get involved in a study that helps people identify what we do better," he told the spokesman. "This study helps understand how Facebook's understanding of how their mobile devices are used, information on how they are collected, and how they can participate."
"We do not share this information with others and stop everyone from participating at any time," added the spokesman.
Facebook's move could potentially be an Apple policy violation, since the program users install the iPhones application.
Apple did not respond promptly to the CNBC comment request, but the spokesman has told TechCrunch that it is aware of the issue.
Last year, Apple removed the Onavo Security app on Facebook from the App Store, because they did not comply with the privacy guidelines set by the application to "collect additional information about other applications installed on other devices".
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This article was first published by CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/29/facebook-paying-users-to-install-app-to-collect-data-techcrunch.html and re-publishes with his permission.