Instagram is illegally collecting biometric data, claims new lawsuit


Facebook-owned Instagram is facing another lawsuit that claims that it is illegally collecting biometric data from its photo-tagging feature. As per a report by Bloomberg, Facebook is “accused of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without their knowledge or consent.”
Just last month Facebook faced a similar lawsuit and “offered to pay” $650 million settlement. The new lawsuit claimed that Facebook has harvested data of over “100 million Instagram users”. As per the Illinois privacy law, Facebook may be forced to pay “$1,000 per violation — or $5,000 if it’s found to have acted recklessly or intentionally,” it added.
The lawsuit mentions that Facebook reportedly did not ask for user permission to collect biometric data and has been collecting since the start of 2020.
Apple iOS 14 beta users recently got a privacy scare when they found out that Instagram was secretly using the camera in the background. Some Instagram users reported that iOS 14 alerted with the ‘camera on’ indicator the moment they opened the Instagram app and scrolled through stories without actually recording something using the app. However, Instagram was quick to respond and blamed the issue on a bug.
Meanwhile, Facebook has formally open-sourced one of its secret security tools for Instagram that finds and fixes bugs. The tool called Pysa is now available on open-source repository GitHub. According to the company, Pysa detected 44% of all security bugs in Instagram’s server-side Python code in the first half of this year.

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