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Facebook shuts controversial programme to pay Apple users for data

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Facebook Inc will shut down a program to pay iPhone users for sharing their personal data, following a report disclosing controversial details of the effort including that some participants were teenagers.

The social networking company paid people aged 13 to 35 as much as $20 a month to install the Facebook Research App, track phone and web usage habits, according to a TechCrunch story. The program sidestepped Apple’s App Store and gave Facebook root access to network traffic in what may have been a violation of Apple policy, the story said. The app will be discontinued on Apple’s iOS, though

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First Published: Jan 30 2019 | 4:37 PM IST

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