Although, does this sound like data stealing?
However, a recent announcement by Facebook may lead many to believe the company and its CEO may be changing its ways.
A step in the right direction
Instead of stealing your data, Facebook Viewpoints is an app that will pay you for your personal information.
Participation is only open to Facebook users age 18 or over who reside in the U.S. (Facebook intends to expand to other countries next year) and have a PayPal account.
What’s in a name
You may be wondering what type of information will be collected. According to the announcement, initial info gathered at signup will include:
- Country of residence
- Device info
- Network type
- Location (if you agree)
The Viewpoints Privacy notice declares Facebook will not sell your information to third parties, nor will Facebook share your data on the platform or other accounts without your permission. Tap or click here to learnhow Facebook has made similar claims in the past.
How to get Facebook to pay you
Depending on individual programs, you will earn a number of points upon completion. Once you reach 1,000 points, Facebook will reward you with $5 sent via PayPal.
The first program that will be made available is a well-being survey from which Facebook hopes to glean insights into how to curb the adverse effects and enhance the benefits of social media.
While it is encouraging to see Facebook step up to the plate to ask and pay consumers for their data, the outcome remains to be seen and warrants caution.