Facebook is once again under fire for supposedly spying on its Instagram users. The company is being sued for the non-consensual use of their mobile phone cameras. This lawsuit started in July when media reports said that Instagram seemed to be accessing iPhone cameras even when the app was not in use.
Facebook had denied these claims and said that it was a bug, which the company also claimed to be fixing. The bug was allegedly false notifications from Instagram claiming that the app was accessing iPhone cameras.
The lawsuit which was filed in federal court says that Brittany Conditi, an Instagram user asserts that the use of cameras by the app is done on purpose and has been gathering “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have to access to.”
The complaint also said that both Facebook and Instagram can gather important information which can be used for market research by “obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes.”
A month ago, Facebook was also accused of using facial-recognition technology in order to collect biometric data on over 100 million of its Instagram users, without their consent. This claim had also been denied by the social networking company and they said that the photo-sharing app did not use facial recognition technology.