Facebook Data-mining practices...

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  1. BRiT

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    Facebook is at it again with questionable practices of data-mining (Oculus Rift and Facebook DataMining Thread: https://forum.beyond3d.com/threads/oculus-rift-and-facebook-data-mining-spawn.57756/ )



    https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/29/facebook-project-atlas/

    Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

    Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access in what may be a violation of Apple policy so the social network can decrypt and analyze their phone activity, a TechCrunch investigation confirms. Facebook admitted to TechCrunch it was running the Research program to gather data on usage habits.


    Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history page. The program is administered through beta testing services Applause, BetaBound and uTest to cloak Facebook’s involvement, and is referred to in some documentation as “Project Atlas” — a fitting name for Facebook’s effort to map new trends and rivals around the globe.

     
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    Apple has had enough...

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...ards-for-root-level-access-to-ios-users-data/

    Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be next
    Both bypassed the App Store to distribute their data-collection apps to users.

    News of Facebook's application was published on TechCrunch yesterday, leading Apple to revoke Facebook's enterprise certificate. This same certificate had been used internally by Facebook for distributing beta builds of Facebook's apps and for other needs, so the revocation poses a serious challenge for the company.

    News of Google's similar program also broke on TechCrunch, but that happened more recently, and Apple has not yet indicated whether it intends to take similar action with Google. We'll start by unpacking the Facebook side.
     
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