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Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:41:47 AM »

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The Research app asked users for root network access to all data passing through their phone in exchange for $20 per month

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It recruited 13 to 35 year olds, 5 percent of which were teenagers, with ads on Instagram and Snapchat and paid them a monthly fee plus referral bonuses to install Facebook’s Research app, the included VPN app that routes traffic to Facebook, and to ‘Trust’ the company with root network access to their phone. That lets Facebook pull in a user’s web browsing activity, what apps are on their phone and how they use them, and even decrypt their encrypted traffic. Facebook went so far as to ask users to screenshot and submit their Amazon order history.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/apple-bans-facebook-vpn/
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Re: Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 04:15:12 PM »
I heard about it. I mean I'm confused how this was an issue though because it wasn't available to the public.
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Re: Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 05:06:16 PM »
I heard about it. I mean I'm confused how this was an issue though because it wasn't available to the public.
apparently it was in the apple store.
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The hole in the middle makes it useful.

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Re: Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 10:54:22 AM »
I heard about it. I mean I'm confused how this was an issue though because it wasn't available to the public.
apparently it was in the apple store.
Ouch!! Yea that's not ok. Someone fucked up.
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Re: Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 06:12:33 AM »
I heard about it. I mean I'm confused how this was an issue though because it wasn't available to the public.
apparently it was in the apple store.
Ouch!! Yea that's not ok. Someone fucked up.
even if it was available to the public, why does facebook think its ok to decrypt other peoples internet traffic? granted the people that agree to this probably dont care or know what that means.
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The hole in the middle makes it useful.

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But the use comes from what is not there.

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Re: Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 09:10:19 AM »
I heard about it. I mean I'm confused how this was an issue though because it wasn't available to the public.
apparently it was in the apple store.
Ouch!! Yea that's not ok. Someone fucked up.
even if it was available to the public, why does facebook think its ok to decrypt other peoples internet traffic? granted the people that agree to this probably dont care or know what that means.
Data mining. That's always been there's reason.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein