Facebook is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorised use of their mobile phone cameras. The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used.
These reports were however, denied by Facebook then as they turned to blame a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.
This time the complaint has been filed in court in San Francisco, New Jersey by an Instagram user Brittany Conditi contending that the app’s use of the camera is intentional and done for the purpose of collecting “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to. The complaint was filed on Thursday.
The complaint reads that – by “obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes,” Instagram and Facebook are able to collect “valuable insights and market research”.
Neither Facebook or Instagram responded immediately to requests for comment.
Last month also, a suit was filed accusing Facebook of using facial-recognition technology to illegally harvest the biometric data of its more than 100 million Instagram users. These claims were denied too as Facebook said that Instagram doesn’t use face recognition technology.