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(Last Updated On: August 12, 2020)

Facebook is going through new allegations that it has been illegally collecting biometric data of users, this time the lawsuit is targeting Instagram.

A month ago, the company had offered to pay $650 million in order to settle the lawsuit where it had been charged with illegally gathering biometric data using a photo-tagging tool issued to Facebook users.

The new lawsuit was filed this week at the state court in Redwood City, California, the company has been accused of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of over 100 million Instagram users, without providing them with notice or receiving their consent.

This shows that the company breaches Illinois privacy law that prohibits the unauthorized clustering of biometrics data. According to the law, the company will be pushed to pay $1,000 per violation or $5,000 if it has been found to be acting recklessly or intentionally.

The lawsuit says, Facebook only started giving its Instagram users notice that it would be collecting biometric data at the start of 2020.

Facebook has yet to comment on the issue.


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