Apple Busts Facebook for Distributing Data-Sucking App

"This is very flagrantly not allowed," said Strafach, CEO of Guardian Mobile Firewall. "It's mind-blowing how defiant Facebook was acting."

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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. The tech blog TechCrunch reported late Tuesday that Facebook paid about $20 a month to use the Facebook Research app. While Facebook says this was done with permission, the company has a history of defining “permission” loosely and obscuring what data it collects. Facebook says fewer than 5 percent…

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