Facebook offers to pay if you'll let it study your online habits

The interface for Facebook's new app Study which pays users who let their phone be tracked is seen in images released by the company

Now the company is again launching an app to gather data from users' phones, though this time, they're being upfront about it. Study for Facebook will send out ads to people residing in U.S. and India from where they can sign up for the program. "We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services".

Study's launch comes not long after Facebook's controversial Research app, which was ultimately shut down because it was marketed to teenagers and used a certificate that allowed it to bypass and violate certain Apple App Store rules. "We also notify users on the Study from Facebook website and in the Play Store description about what information we collect and how it will be used".

You can find out more about the program over on the Study from Facebook page, although you won't find any information about the sort of level of compensation you might expect to receive. "Transparency and handling people's information responsibly have guided how we've built Study from Facebook", the company said. The company said the the information it collects will go toward product development initiatives.

Once the app is installed, Facebook will have access to a host of information about the user. Only people who are 18 and older will be eligible to participate at launch, and all participants will be able to opt out at any time.

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The user's country, device and network type.

In retaliation, Apple temporarily suspended all of Facebook's internal apps, including those that employees use to schedule meetings and look up shuttle schedules, essentially bringing numerous company's processes to a halt.

"Approaching market research in a responsible way is important".

It was also highlighted that, since 2016, Facebook was paying users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 per month, plus referral fees, to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android "Facebook Research" app. You can register by clicking on the ad and if you are qualified, you will be invited to join the app. However, the post does not mention how much a user will be paid for sharing his phone's information, which Facebook promises will not be given out to any outside company, or third-party developers.

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