Facebook has been sued once again for alleged spying on Instagram users. On this occasion, the company is accused of making unauthorized use of its mobile phone cameras.
The lawsuit stems from reports from July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing the iPhone’s cameras even when they weren’t being actively used.
Facebook denied these reports and said it was a bug that it was fixing so that false notifications about the use of iPhone cameras in the background were not displayed.
In the complaint filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, Brittany Conditi, an Instagram user in New Jersey, argues that the app’s use of the camera is intentional and for the purpose of collecting “lucrative data and valuable information about your users that you would not otherwise have access to.
In the “get extremely private and intimate of its users, even in the privacy of their own homes personal data ‘ , Instagram and Facebook are able to collect ” valuable knowledge and market research “ , according to the complaint.
In a lawsuit filed last month, Facebook was accused of using facial recognition technology to illegally collect the biometric data of its more than 100 million Instagram users. Facebook denied the lawsuit and said Instagram does not use facial recognition technology.