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Facebook launching app that pays clients for information on app usage

Facebook on Tuesday launched an app that will pay clients to impart data to the social media goliath about which applications they're utilizing.

The company recently taken off two comparable app that followed what activities individuals did on their phones. In any case, both were closed down after drawing criticism for infringing on privacy and for violating Apple's App Store guidelines.

Facebook said the new app, called Study, is different than the previous two and was built from scratch. And it is only available on the Google Play Store, though Facebook said it might work to expand it to iOS in the future.

The new app will gather data about which app individuals are utilizing and for to what extent, including which app highlights are utilized ? giving Facebook important knowledge into how individuals utilize its competitors' services.

Facebook said it will not track passwords or account IDs and it will periodically remind people that the app is collecting their data.

A past statistical surveying app from the company, called Research, got in high temp water recently when a report found that teenagers were utilizing it and it was avoiding Apple's rules. Apple booted it from its application store and Facebook in the end shut it down totally.

The other app, called Onavo Protect, was a virtual private network service used to keep data private in open settings ? however it was likewise gathering data about application use and sending it to Facebook. That application, as well, has been closed down.

Facebooks appears to be acting in a more upfront manner this time, said Lance Cottrell, chief scientist for the cybersecurity firm Ntrepid.

They are being a little less intrusive with this one, he said.

But some privacy experts are concerned users will still not know exactly what information they are sending.

Facebook is not saying how much it will pay participants to share their information.