Instagram accused of illegally collecting users’ biometric data

By | August 13, 2020
Instagram accused of illegally collecting users' biometric data

The company is accused of storing data of more than 100 million users of the social network and illegally profiting from this information.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, has filed a lawsuit against the illegal collection of users’ biometric data. This was reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, August 12.

In particular, the company is accused of storing data of more than 100 million Instagram users and illegally profiting from this information.

The lawsuit alleges that the practice violates Illinois’ privacy law, which explicitly prohibits the illegal collection of biometric data.

For a breach of privacy, Facebook can issue a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000 for each case if it is proven that the company acted intentionally. According to the case, Facebook began notifying Instagram users about the collection of biometrics only earlier this year.

The corporation had previously offered to pay $650 million to settle a case in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data using a photo-tagging tool on Facebook.

Recall, at the end of last year, Facebook allowed the data leak of more than 267 million users.

It was reported that about a hundred developers of social media applications were able to access user data.

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