As has been highly publicized, Facebook has faced a lot of scrutiny lately for its data collection practices. This week, Facebook’s practices have been exposed further as it has been revealed that the company has been using a “Research App” which pays users $20 a month in exchange for root network access to all data passing through their phone. The company recruited users to use this app through Facebook and Instagram advertisements which targeted 13-35-year-olds. Essentially, the app allows Facebook to view users’ web browsing activity and gives the company access to see what apps users have downloaded, along with the content that resides within the apps.
Personally, I am on the fence when it comes to the topic of major corporations collecting data on our lives. If the data is being used to increase my experience as a user and is not being used in a malicious way, then I am all for it. I also like the idea of being compensated for data because it is highly valuable for companies. On the other hand, I can see how people can be freaked out about companies collecting our data. It is kind of creepy to know that companies can have such a major insight into our lives.
What are your thoughts on Facebook paying for data? Was it right for them to target users who are under 18?
Is the fear of major corporations collecting data on our lives blown out of proportion or is this something we should be concerned about?