Facebook targeted by complaint for spying on Instagram users through their smartphone cameras.

Facebook targeted by complaint for spying on Instagram users through their smartphone cameras.

After Instagram users noticed a lighted indicator in July showing the camera was working when it was not activated, an American decided to file a complaint on September 17 against Facebook for spying.

According to Bloomberg, in the lawsuit filed Thursday, September 17 in federal court in San Francisco, Instagram user from New Jersey claims that the app's use of the camera is intentional and done for the purpose of "collecting data for profit. and valuable to its users to which it would otherwise not have access ”.

"By obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data about their users, including in the privacy of their own home, Facebook is able to increase its ad revenue by targeting users more than ever before," she said in his complaint.

She further believes that Facebook is "able to see in real time how users react to advertisements on Instagram, providing extremely valuable information to its advertisers."

A bug or a spy?

The complaint follows reports in July that Instagram appeared to access iPhones' front cameras even when it was not activated. Thus, the indicator showing its operation was on even when users were browsing the feed on Instagram.

Instagram representatives denied the accusations, citing a bug that was being fixed and assuring that the app only activated the camera when the user himself wanted to.
These iOS revelations that change applications

IOS 14 alerts have already revealed that several apps for iOS, including TikTok, LinkedIn, and Reddit, are accessing iPhone clipboard content.

TikTok's parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, announced in June that it had removed the app's access to clipboards from iOS devices, adding that this "anti-spam" feature did not never been introduced on Android devices, recalls the magazine.

LinkedIn has said it is ending the practice of accessing the clipboard, and Reddit has said it is fixing a piece of code in its app.

In 2019, Facebook, Instagram's parent company, fixed a bug in its iOS app that appeared to activate device cameras in the background without users knowing.