We all know, as users of technology, that our personal data is exposed to risks.
Although the legislation in force does not allow their collection without the user’s consent, and even then, only for a limited period and only for certain clearly stated purposes, often the law does not serve as a rule of conduct.
That’s why many technology companies, and often the largest of them, face accusations in this regard.
Facebook Inc. is again on trial on charges of following Instagram users, this time through unauthorized use of their cameras on mobile phones, according to a statement Bloomberg.
The lawsuit follows media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t being actively used.
Facebook rejected the reports and blamed an error, which it said it was correcting. According to Facebook, the error appeared to trigger notifications informing users that Instagram accesses the iPhone’s camera even when it was not in use.
The excuse did not work for the public
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, a user of the New Jersey Instagram app, Brittany Conditi, claims that the use of the camera through the app is intended and made in order to collect “lucrative and valuable data about its users who otherwise do not would have access ”.
By “obtaining completely private and intimate personal data from their users, including in the privacy of their own homes”, Instagram and Facebook are able to collect “valuable information and market research”, according to the complaint.
Facebook declined to comment.
However, this is not the first time Facebook has received such allegations.
In a lawsuit filed last month, Facebook was accused of using facial recognition technology to illegally collect biometric data from more than 100 million Instagram users.
Facebook also rejected the claim and said that Instagram does not use face recognition technology.