>> Apple says it's banned a Facebook program from its mobile devices after reports that the social media giant was using it to improperly track the Internet habits of teenagers. It's similar to software normally used by businesses to have control over their employees' iPhones. Companies can remotely install apps, monitor staff's usage, and even delete data owned by the business.
So what did Facebook do wrong? Media reports say the social media giant paid people, even children, to allow Facebook access to their most personal data. It's not clear yet what specifically was used, but according to the website Tech Crunch, it could include private emails, web browsing history, location data, and more.
Participants as young as 13 got up to $20 a month in the deal. In return, they had to install the software, which in turn sent data to Facebook. That gave the social network access to almost everything on their phones. Tech Crunch calls it nearly limitless access. It appears to have violated Apple's privacy policies.
Facebook says it has removed it from iPhone's, but it continues to be in use on Android handsets. Last year, Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook said data was being weaponized by firms bent on using it for profit. He's called for a federal privacy law to be introduced in the US.