Facebook’s Study app will pay you for your data

Facebook's Study program pays for information about the apps you use

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As for the kind of data that's being collected, they range from installed apps, time spent on said apps, and data on specific features that you use. Facebook has partnered with Applause to run this new service and they will be recruiting users for the app through ads on Facebook and online but only to people in the US and India, who are over 18.

Despite already generating a dumb amount of revenue per individual user thanks to the information they freely share of Facebook's suite of apps, the data glutton appears eager to pay for some of the valuable information about them that it doesn't already have. The company is working with Applause, which is handling some of the logistics of the program.

The app, which is now only available on Android, will collect data such as the applications installed on your phone, your usage of these apps, the phone you're using and the type of network you're connected to.

"We're offering transparency, compensating all participants, and keeping people's information safe and secure", Facebook's global product manager Sagee Ben-Zedeff said in a post.

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In contrast to the previous app, Study will only be available to people 18 and up. The last time Facebook tried to reward users for market research - in a more under the radar fashion - it offered a $20 gift card for every month the user stayed on.

Facebook will also know where a user if from, what phone or device they're using as well as their network connectivity details. We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services'.

The company previously rolled out two similar apps but both were shut down after drawing criticism for infringing on privacy, and one was cited for violating Apple's App Store terms of agreement, according to The Associated Press.

However, Facebook said it could share the fact that a user is participating in the program with "authorized partners" and that it also could share aggregate data with third parties.

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This practice of Facebook recruiting folks to give up access to their phones for chump change also raises the question of whether users might think of their data differently if Facebook were paying for it. Once you've downloaded the app, you can supposedly stop it from continuing to collect your information by uninstalling the app altogether.

"We did not review all of the data to determine whether it contained health or financial data", a Facebook spokesperson said.

"Study from Facebook does not collect user IDs, passwords, or any of the participant's content, such as photos, videos, or messages", Facebook said.

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