Facebook will put an end to a controversial market research program that has broken Apple's developer guidelines to collect user data from volunteer phones. The company announced early on Wednesday night that Facebook Research, which offers volunteers aged 13 to 35 monthly gift gifts of $ 20, in exchange for almost full access to data on their phones, will no longer be available on iOS. It will obviously continue to be available for Android users.
TechCrunch announced on Tuesday that the company is paying gifts for people aged 13 to 35 years in exchange for installing an application called Facebook Research on iOS and Android. The application follows their telephone and web activity and sends it to Facebook for market research purposes.
Facebook has previously collected similar data using Onavo Protect, a VPN service that it received in 2013. The company used the data to identify the coming and coming contestants and then acquiring or cloning them. Facebook removed the application from the App Store last summer after Apple complained that it had violated the App Store's instructions for data collection.
The research application requires users to install their own root certificate, giving Facebook the ability to view personal messages of users, messages, web searches and browsing activity. It is an obvious breach of Apple's system-level functionality, which aims to enable employers to access employees' workstations. The policy forbids developers to install certificates of consumer phones.
In a statement, Facebook has opposed parts of TechCrunchReport.
"Key facts about this market research program are being ignored," the company said. "Despite the early reports, there was nothing" secret "about this: it was literally called a Facebook research application. It was not" spying "because all the people who applied to participate went through a clear boarding process, seeking permission and being paid Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teenagers. All of them with signed family forms of consent. "
The company also denied that Facebook Research had intended to replace it, although it did not respond to the evidence that applications had a similar code.