Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Facebook will pay you so it can track your phone activity

Facebook will pay you so it can track your phone activity

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the social media giant was secretly paying people to install a "Facebook Research" Virtual Private Network (VPN) that was letting the company access user's data.

Facebook announced today that it has launched a new app for Android users called Study from Facebook. "We plan to take this approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services".

The new "Study from Facebook" app gives Facebook users the chance to volunteer to share information about their app usage - and get paid for divulging this information.

If you've got the app downloaded, Facebook will monitor which apps you have installed on your phone, how long you spend on each one, what you're doing in the apps, and where you're based.

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.

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Facebook says that the program is created to help it to "learn which apps people value and how they're used" so that the company can "build better products for the Facebook community". Privacy-wise, Facebook says it will not collect user content, passwords or messages and that the data will not reach third parties.

Those who do sign up will learn how the app works and what information it will collect.

To start with, the program is only available to Facebook users aged over 18 in the USA and India, and only on Android for now.

Participants must be 18 years old, and now it is only available to people in the USA and India. The social media giant has been frowned upon (to put it lightly) for the way it handles user data. The information is not sold to third parties, used to serve optimized ads, or added to a user's Facebook account if they have one. This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app. Facebook is working to appear more transparent about its quests for user data with Study, though the service is not offered through Apple, which bans the collection of "information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing".

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