Facebook Inc. is being prosecuted again for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time due to unauthorized use of their cell phone camera.
The trial comes from media reports in July, the photo sharing app appeared to access iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively in use.
Facebook denied thereports and blamed a bug, which he said he was fixing, for triggering what he described as fake notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, New Jersey Instagram user Brittany Conditi 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 the privacy of their homes,” Instagram and Facebook are able to collect “valuable information and market research,” according to the complaint.
Facebook declined to comment.
In oneA complaint filed last month, Facebook was accused of using facial recognition technology to illegally harvest biometric data from its more than 100 million Instagram users. Facebook denied the claim and said Instagram does not use facial recognition technology.
L’affaire est Conditi c.Instagram, LLC, 20-cv-06534, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
(Updates with Facebook declining to comment.)