At the beginning of the week, RF needs to pay Russian consumers to sell personal data about 5,000 rubles ($ 75) per month or about 60,000 rubles per year ($ 910). The Russians have been very skeptical about this idea, but the scandal in Facebook is quite possible. For two years, the social network developed a secret project Atlaswithin that It pays $ 20 per month to install its pseudo VPN client for smartphone for consumers. The VPN client asked to obtain the root certificate on the phone and follow user actions.
The pseudo-VPN client that investigates and reveals TechCrunch specialists is based on the Onavo Protect source code. Apple is prohibited from spreading through the Apple Store in August 2018. Soon after, Facebook introduced a new Research application, which is practically the same.
Application Facebook Research VPN Apple makes a bundle of non-compliant tracking, presented as a beta, and distributed through Applause, Betabound and Utest channels. With the root certificate in the application (root certificate), it allows you to capture personal messages in social media, chat, photos and videos, email, web search, web browsing, Internet history, and location.
We still do not know which of these data sends and writes to remote servers in the application. It is interesting that Facebook has been using this application to "collect data on user habits". In TechCrunch, some of the key factors have been discarded. There is nothing secret in the project, the app is called Facebook Research. This is not a spy, because all the people involved in the project have a special procedure to know what data they work and what they pay. Smaller project users are less than 5% and all participate with their parents' written permission
TechCrunche asked for a technical analysis of the pseudo VPN application made by Strafach. Its specialists have confirmed that the program is sent to vpn-sjc1.v.facebook-program.com, directly related to the prohibited Onavo IP address, and Facebook-program.com domain is actually in Facebook.
Collected data could Facebook profilize all users by linking their online behavior to other online shopping apps. Facebook may even ask for a screenshot of Amazon purchases. This information is used for better targeting purposes.
In a code called a project Atlas project The social network invites people between 13 and 35 years old. To receive the award, these users must activate the VPN connection and send data to Facebook.
The app can be updated without interaction with the App Store and the email address People is linked to Journey@fb.com. The digital certificate has also been verified: Facebook has extended its period on June 27, 2018. Several weeks have passed since Apple announced the new rules that prohibit the use of Onavo Protect applications.
"It's hard to exactly pick up Facebook data. But based on the source code, we can determine the information that accesses the social network"Specialist Strafach said."All this is disturbing to draw the image. They can only request a specific type of data, which may be true. But in real life, everything is known as how to find trust in Facebook. The easiest description of this situation is that Facebook does not think of any new access to its application. That is, in itself, a wonderful level of negligence".
The official BetaBound official officially prompts users to operate the smartphone application gift cards with a deposit of $ 20 per month. In addition, Facebook will pay another $ 20 for each of the other recipients participating in the project. It should also be taken into account that juvenile users participate in the project.
This time, an official Facebook has officially confirmed that the company uses this program to understand how people use mobile phones and online services. "Like many other companies, it helps us to understand how people help us to do many things. And through this study, Facebook understands more accurately how to make people use their mobile devices, we've provided accurate and complete information on the data we've gathered. We do not provide third-party information, and people at any time end up participating in the project".
Facebook violates Apple's Enterprise Certification Policy for iOS.
Soon TechCrunch released this information, which Facebook's Facebook Research application is no longer available to iOS mobile operating systems. Verge has announced that this program has continued and will be available to Android users.
Facebook criticized the TechCrunch material. "There are key factors in TechCrunch publishing. There is nothing secret in the project, the app is called Facebook Research. This is not a spy, because all the people involved in the project have a special procedure to know what data they work and what they pay. Smaller project users are less than 5% and all participate with their parents' written permission".