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FB will pay to track phone usage pattern in India, US

FB will pay to track phone usage pattern in India, US

"They are being a little less intrusive with this one", he said, noting that Facebook says it won't collect some of the more sensitive information from people's phones such as photos and web searches. "The app 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", the company told the senator. Facebook did not reveal how much users will be paid for using the Study app. Sound good to you?

If you still trust Facebook with some of your important information, want to "help" them with their product research and get paid for it, then they have the new app for you.

Facebook unveiled a new market research app on Tuesday aimed to help them gather data about participant's app usage and said it would compensate anyone who joins the study.

Facebook plans to recruit adults age 18 and older in the US and India through advertisements. But, as we've seen numerous times, Facebook has been found leaking data several times in the past. The company outlined how they intend to sign up participants, saying they'll make the opportunity available through advertisements and invite whoever clicks on them, registers and ultimately qualifies, to download Study.

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In the letter addressed to Senator Richard Blumenthal's office in Connecticut, Facebook admitted to acquiring data of 31,000 users in the United States and 156,000 users in India, the USA technology news portal reported. This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app. Facebook said it will promote Study through advertisements on the social network and elsewhere, and users must be 18 years or older to participate. The company is working with Applause, which is handling some of the logistics of the program. This app will keep track of the apps installed on a user's smartphone and the time they spent on using these apps, their country and all the additional app data.

Once signed up, you can always choose to opt out of the program at any time.

The user's country, device and network type. Using data from Study from Facebook, it's likely that the company will go down the road of either acquiring or copying any app it feels is a threat to its dominance in the market.


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