After the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook launched a rewards program for reporting “abuse of data” on its platform. The Data Abuse Bounty program offers a cash amount to anyone who provides evidence of illegal data collection in applications. According to representatives of Facebook, the program is designed to help find application developers who abuse the use of user data. As with the existing vulnerability reward program, the Data Abuse Bounty program offers a cash amount to anyone who provides evidence of data collection that violates the updated Facebook policy.
The value of each report will determine the amount of money that Facebook will pay. “Error reports with a high level of value” can allow users to get up to $ 40,000 but the company notes that the maximum amount of payments is not established and in theory you can get even more.
If the information about the application developer is confirmed, Facebook “will disconnect the violators’ application and take legal action against the company selling or buying data, if necessary.”
The Data Abuse Bounty is the first of its kind. In order to be eligible to participate in the program, the report should report an application that affects at least 10,000 Facebook users, explain not only how the data was collected, but also how they were abused, Facebook should not have known about the problem earlier.