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Facebook’s banned Research app collected data on up to 187,000 users including thousands of TEENS, report reveals

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Daily Mail
June 14, 2019

A now-banned research program run by Facebook harvested potentially sensitive personal data of 187,000 people around the world, including thousands of US teenagers.

In a report by TechCrunch, correspondences between Facebook and Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office detail the breadth of the company’s data collection program for the first time since Apple banned its use earlier this year.

According to those emails, of the nearly 190,000 people participating, 31,000 were US citizens and 4,300 of those citizens were between the ages of 13 to 17-years-old. The rest of the users were located in India, says the report.

Facebook’s felled research program dubbed Project Atlas and the Research app were terminated earlier this year after it abused a special developer’s certificate that allowed the company to bypass Apple’s App Store.

Using those privileges, Apple was able to both design and provide apps directly to users, which is considered a violation of Apple’s policies.

Apple revoked the enterprise privileges of both Facebook and Google which was also found to be abusing its developers certificate.

In the program, participants were paid $20 per month to download a modified VPN in which the company sucked up a large sums of personal data, including web browsing histories, encrypted messages, app activity, and more.

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This article was posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:15 am

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