Facebook paying teens for information on their phone activity

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To get the app on consumers' devices, Facebook took advantage of an Apple program that allows companies to create apps for their own employees and offer them without first submitting them to the iPhone giant for review.

The tech blog TechCrunch reported late Tuesday that Facebook paid people about $20 a month to install and use the Facebook Research app. Facebook added that less than 5 percent of the users who participated in the research were teens, who signed parental consent forms. That included internal test versions of Facebook and Instagram, widely distributed to employees so that they can experience newer features before they are released to the general public.

Facebook, which critics say isn't doing enough to protect the privacy of its users, has been giving people between the ages of 13 and 35 a payment of $20 per month plus referral fees for their phone and web activity.

"To my eyes, this action constitutes Facebook declaring war on Apple's iOS privacy protections".

"Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data".

Facebook and Apple are butting heads again thanks to the social network's. "We don't share this information with others and people can stop participating at any time", clarified the spokesperson of Facebook in an email to CNBC. Google probably has a higher distribution of Android devices than most companies, but having a good chunk of your employees' smartphones go down, in addition to having iOS app testing halted, sounds pretty bad for productivity.

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As per its App Store guidelines, collecting information from other apps installed on a user's a device is something that is a clear no-no with Apple, and one can expect that Apple is set to butt heads with Facebook again. They detected them by using a testing service such as uTest, BetaBound and with the help of ads like "paid social media research study" on Snapchat/Instagram.

Facebook's collection of user data extends far beyond the service itself, as the company has been observed on multiple occasions illicitly extracting personally identifying information from users, often in circumstances-including these most recent developments-where their involvement was concealed. Facebook removed the Onavo app in August.

"Our community and business continue to grow", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.

"I don't think they make it very clear to users precisely what level of access they were granting when they gave permission", mobile app security researcher Will Strafach said Wednesday. Apple responded by yanking some technical permissions for Facebook that have cause some chaos internally at the social networking company, and the whole thing seems to be continuing to escalate. But while it was "protecting" your data, it was also collecting your mobile data traffic and sending it back to Facebook.

"During the installation process of the app, Facebook asks users to install an Enterprise Developer Certification and VPN and then "trust" Facebook with root access to the data their phone transmits".

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