The company said the the information it collects will go toward product development initiatives. Following numerous privacy scandals, and the controversial (and since-closed) Research and Onavo programs, Facebook is now ready to be open about its data collection, and is even willing to pay people for this.
If you've been uncertain about whether Facebook is studying your every move, and what it knows about you, there's a new way to be sure - by telling Facebook everything, and getting some sweet, sweet cash in exchange. Sound good to you?
Facebook announced today that it has launched a new app for Android users called Study from Facebook.
To fulfil this objective, the social networking giant has launched a new app called Study which is available for download on Google's Playstore for Android users aged 18 and above. Once Facebook decides the user qualifies (the qualifications seem to be limited to being older than 18, according to the announcement), they'll be invited to download the app. Once invited, they'll find the Study from Facebook app in the Google Play Store. They'll also have the opportunity to review the information they're sharing with us. "We don't collect user IDs, passwords or content people share, including messages". This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app.
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During the setup process, the app will again show you all the data it collects and how it will be used. Facebook says that only people above the age of 18 will be eligible to participate, and all participants will have the option to opt out at any time. They clarified that they will be working with a long-time partner, Applause, to handle the registration, compensation, and customer support.
The company says that participants will be compensated for using Study, but it doesn't specify in what way or how much. "We plan to take this approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services".
"Approaching market research in a responsible way is important". They will be collecting and analyzing information about the apps installed on your phone, how much time you spend on them, what country you're from, what device you use, what's your network type, and the app activity names which may include in-app features.