Facebook Wants Unlimited Access to Your Phone, And Paying For It!

Posted February 01, 2019

According to The Washington Post, Apple allows companies to build apps for their own employees that don't have to meet the same stringent privacy and data standards as those for the general public.

When TechCrunch asked Facebook to comment, a spokesperson responded by saying, "Like many companies, we invite people to participate in research that helps us identify things we can be doing better".

In a report on The Verge on Wednesday, January 30, Facebook said it would shut down the Facebook Research app on iOS, though the app will remain active on Android devices.

The BBC's North America technology reporter Dave Lee had been able to sign up to the app by registering himself as a 14-year-old boy and was never asked for proof of parental consent. The company is now unable to distribute internal, early versions of its apps like Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram to developers and employees internally.

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A report late Tuesday claimed that Facebook paid people about $20 (roughly Rs 1,400) a month to install and use the Facebook Research app.

Betabound warned that Facebook may collect information even when an app or web browser uses encryption.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Google said its Screenwise Meter app "should not have operated under Apple's developer enterprise program - this was a mistake, and we apologize". "We don't share this information with others and people can stop participating at any time". Private, internal emails from Facebook staff that were published last month revealed that Facebook had relied on the Onavo data when it made a decision to purchase WhatsApp, for example.

"Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple", Apple said.

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"I have concerns that users were not appropriately informed about the extent of Facebook's data-gathering and the commercial purposes of this data collection", Sen.

In response, Facebook this week shuttered its paid research project on Apple products - as did Google, which had been running a similar program on Apple's iOS mobile operating system.

On the heels of a report outlining ways Facebook Inc.is collecting data, Apple Inc. revoked a key set of testing tools that the social networking giant uses to ensure its apps are ready for use on the iPhone and iPad. This ban will also delay iOS app testing process for Facebook as each app update must be now submitted through Apple App Store. Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On Wednesday, an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company had already blocked Facebook Research the day before, before Facebook "voluntarily" pulled the app.

The news could be a further embarrassment for Facebook, which has been under heightened scrutiny over failing to crack down on manipulation of its platform and for sharing private data with its business partners.

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Speciically, Facebook's customers - in this case, the app users - should, according to the policy, not have access to the app at all as its use is meant for employees only "and only in conjunction with Your Internal Use Applications for the objective of developing and testing".