Apple Busts Facebook for Distributing Data-Sucking App 30 January 2019

Facebook pays teenagers £15 to access all their messages, apps and searches

On the Applause site, the text accompanying the app notes explains that installing and using the app means that the client (Facebook) will collect data about apps on the phone, their everyday usage, the user's internet browsing activity and use of online services.

Of course, the data that Facebook has already gathered can not be unseen and the ball is now in Apple's court to react to the way Facebook has violated the rules of Apple's platform to carry on its extensive data mining operations.

It's unclear whether Apple will consider Google's app to be in violation of its policies and revoke its Enterprise Certificate just as it did with Facebook.

Google, like Facebook, may have violated Apple's policies with an app that collects user data.

Facebook also said that the program was not built to replace Onavo, arguing that it started in 2016, while Onavo was only removed from Apple's App Store in 2018. Following TechCrunch's report, Senator Mark Warner sent a stern letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a list of questions about the company's data gathering practices, and Senator Ed Markey vowed to reintroduce legislation to make it illegal for companies to pay children to hand over their data.

The use of enterprise certificates by Google and Facebook to distribute data collecting apps is an example of "super sketchy behavior from two of the world's largest tech firms", said Josh Tabish, senior campaigner at privacy-oriented advocacy group Fight For the Future.

Facebook said Wednesday it is shutting down the app to Apple customers.

To get the app in the hands of potential subjects, Facebook advertised heavily on popular teen social networks, like Instagram and Snapchat.

Currently, Facebook tells TechCrunch that it is going to roll up the research program from the iOS devices.

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"Despite early reports, there was nothing "secret" about this; it was literally called the Facebook Research App", a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC in an emailed statement.

Facebook says fewer than 5 percent of the app's users were teens and they had parental permission.

It's very likely that many users of the app don't understand fully the permissions they gave Facebook.

To allow full access to a device, Facebook asks users to download the Research app from r.facebook-program.com, install an Enterprise Developer Certificate, and agree to trust the app with root access.

Mashable has also reached out to Facebook for comment, and we will update this story when we hear back. For months, Facebook had been tracking WhatsApp via the Onavo VPN application only to find out that not only is WhatsApp a growing competitor, but it had the potential to overtake Facebook as users on WhatsApp were sending more than twice as many daily messages as via Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook Research app looks to be Onavo Protect in a new form, with the data-protection feature replaced by a monthly payment. The iPhone maker added that it would revoke the enterprise certificates, which are issued so that developers can test apps, if they are used to distribute apps to consumers.

It's not clear whether Apple will do the same to Google. This type of data gathering can not be done using an App Store app.

This is far from the first time Apple and Facebook have.

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