And what did these teens get in exchange for giving up every last illusion of privacy? Twenty dollars in e-gift cards per month. For a company that has been involved in countless data privacy scandals in recent months, Facebook has a lot of nerves. Rather than changing its approach to collecting people's personal data, especially in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook continues to test the limits of what it can get away with.
Apple's decision to block Facebook from the Enterprise Developer Program will make it difficult to beta-test its various apps, including Messenger and Instagram. Beyond that, Apple CEO Tim Cook has not shied away from criticizing Facebook's privacy standards, and this is only going to heighten the tension between him and Mark Zuckerberg
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Since TechCrunch's investigation has come out Tuesday night, Facebook has a lot of information about the project. said it is shutting down the program for iOS users, though it will still be available on Android. Google has not responded to our request for comment, but TechCrunch is now reporting that it also has a data-collecting application (called Screenwise Meter) that runs Apple's App Store
Meanwhile, in a statement to Engadget, Facebook disputed the TechCrunch story on its Research Program, saying that "key facts" are being ignored. "Despite early reports, there was nothing 'secret' about this; it was literally called the Facebook Research App," Facebook said. "It was not 'spying' as all the people who signed up to participate went through a clear on-board process asking for their permission and were paid to participate. Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate this market research program was teens, with signed parental consent forms. "