Facebook has been caught using a VPN tool called, “Facebook Research” to gain complete access to teenage mobile phone usage habits and web activity.
This includes root access to their phone’s network traffic that may also violate Apple’s policy, which may be why the iOS version has already been pulled while leaving Androids vulnerable.
Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month for access, and also request screenshots of their Amazon history page.
Unclear as to what specific data Facebook intends to mine, they are collecting as much data possible on their competitors through their user mobile devices.
Data collected and mined from Facebook users include: private social media messages as well as photos/videos, emails, web searches, web browsing activities and location tracking.
Author: Adam Sarwar