Teens Are Being Paid $20 a Month by Facebook in Order to Access Their Browsing History

According to the latest report published by an online technology giant, Facebook has been able to obtain data from their users for the past three years. Basically, the users have allowed the social networking giant to access their private data for money. According to the report, the social networking giant has been paying people as much as $20 month to people aged 13 to 25 for installing an app known as Facebook Research on Android or iOS. The app would help the social networking giant to oversee the phone of Facebook users and send the activities back to Facebook.
This report came amidst the allegation that Facebook hasn’t done enough to protect the users’ privacy. The latest report also stated that apart from paying the teens $20 per months plus referral fees for their web activity and phone. Previously, Facebook used to gather some of the information through Onavo Protect, a VPN service that it obtained in 2013. The data received proved to be very valuable to Facebook in recognizing upcoming contenders, then either obtaining or cloning them.
Facebook withdrew the app from the App Store last summer after Apple protested that Facebook breached the App Store’s guidelines on data collection.
The Research app demands that users install a custom root certificate, which would give Facebook the power to see users’ private messages, web searches, emails, and browsing activity. It also requests users to take a screenshot of their Amazon order history and send it back to Facebook.
The program seems to breach Apple’s policies for developers using enterprise certificates to allow root access to iPhones. The certificates, which are meant to allow employers access to employees’ work devices, are barred from being fixed on customers’ phones. However, a Facebook spokesperson stated that the program did not breach Apple’s policies.
Facebook took measures to hide its participation in the project till just before it installed the app. Beta testing services like BetaBound, uTest, and Applause aided in dispatching the app.

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