Facebook on Tuesday announced a brand new app that will let the company collect information on how individuals use their smartphones in exchange for money.
The new app is named Study, and it’s designed to give Facebook information on what apps participants install, how much time they spend on those apps, what features they use on those apps, what country they’re in, and kind of device and network they’re using.
Facebook has a long history of using apps to gather information concerning usage habits in order to improve its own products.
In 2013, Facebook bought a free security app called Onavo, which let users access a virtual private network, or VPN, to browse the web and download apps with a bigger degree of privacy. Facebook used information from Onavo to collect broad information concerning which apps were popular and how people were using them, which it used to improve its own products, however claims it didn’t collect information about individual users.