Facebook wants your data so bad it'll pay you for it


Facebook Study is a new app from the company, announced in a post in its newsroom, that tracks every single thing you do on your phone, and then pays you for it.

"As they sign up, people will see a description of how the app works and what information they'll be sharing with us so they can confirm they want to participate", Facebook said. You'll need to register for the program, after which Facebook will send you a link to its app on Google Play if you're selected to participate.

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. While the terms surveillance and Facebook have often been used together in the past, stirring all sorts of controversies, the company has launched a new program called Study from Facebook that's slightly different from Facebook Research, discovered a few months ago.

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". The company shut down a similar research effort earlier this year after it was learned Facebook was collecting data from teens.

Anyone in the US or India who are 18 or older can sign up for the new Study app. It will launch only in the USA and India initially, and you have to be targeted by Facebook to take part.

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.

The user's country, device and network type.

Once signed up, you can always choose to opt out of the program at any time. It will refer to Facebook for already existing information like age and gender but it will not be added to the participant's Facebook account.

"Approaching market research in a responsible way is important". Facebook's mismanagement of user data has been a thorny issue for marketers. 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.