Facebook offers to pay if you’ll let it study your online habits

The social media giant is introducing a brand new scheme – accessible only to subscribers in the U.S.A. and Republic of India – which will pay specific users for sharing their internet habits.

The research initiative, known as ‘Study’ is a program that FB is introducing to legally get information concerning users’ internet browsing and app downloads, because it tries to tune its platforms and apps to current user trends and habits.

The move additionally comes at a time when there are world concerns around information privacy and how some of the worlds prime internet corporations had been lawlessly gathering user data without taking subscribers’ consent.

Facebook said it’d “collect and analyze” data, which would include apps installed on a participant’s phone, the amount of time spent using those apps, and the user’s country, device and network sort.

“We’re providing transparency, compensating all participants, and keeping people’s data safe and secure,” Facebook’s global product manager Sagee Ben-Zedeff said in a post.

However, the post doesn’t mention how much a user are going to be paid for sharing his phone’s data, which Facebook guarantees won’t be given out to any outside company, or third-party developers.

Also, the firm has said it’ll not collect a user’s ID, passwords, or other content like photos, videos, or messages. Giving info on how it’s new ‘Study’ program will work, Facebook said it’ll run ads which will encourage folks to participate. “When somebody clicks on an ad, they’ll have the choice to register and, if they qualify, they’ll be invited to download the app. Once invited, they’ll find the Study from Facebook app in the Google Play Store. As they sign up, people will see an outline of how the app works and what data they’ll be sharing with us so that they can ensure they want to participate.”

It is not yet clear whether or not iPhone users will also get access to the paid initiative. Facebook says that only people higher than the age of 18 will be eligible to participate, and all participants will have the choice to opt out at any time.

“We attempt to take this approach going forward with other research projects that facilitate us understand howindividuals use different products and services.”

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