San Francisco: Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” Virtual Private Network (VPN) that lets the company access user’s data. According to a TechCrunch report, the social media giant was running the research programme to gather data on usage habits, and it has no plans to stop.
The app is similar to Facebook's Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access to network traffic in what may be a violation of Apple policy so that the social network can decrypt and analyse their phone activity, TechCrunch reported. (IANS)
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