Facebook facing a lawsuit for allegedly spying on Instagram users. This is the second time through the unauthorised use of their mobile phone cameras.
Instagram user Brittany Conditi, in the lawsuit, says the app’s use of the camera is intentional for the purpose of collecting “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to.”
The lawsuit springs from reports in July 2020 alleging that Instagram’s app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras. According to that report, that happens even when the app isn’t in active use.
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Facebook denied the reports at the time, blamed a bug, and said it was correcting the issue. It also said the bug was responsible for triggering false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.
By “obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes,” the complaint says. That way, Instagram and Facebook are able to collect “valuable insights and market research,” it alleges.
Another lawsuit in November 2020 also accuses Facebook of using facial-recognition technology to illegally harvest the biometric data of its more than 100 million Instagram users. Facebook denying the claim, said that Instagram doesn’t use face recognition technology.
Bloomberg reports that Facebook declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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