Instagram In Deep Water: accused of harvesting biometric data of 100 million
Instagram is accused of harvesting biometric data of 100 million
Tech companies are coming under more scrutiny because of the advancements in both technology and societal norms.
Facebook Inc. is facing new allegations that it illegally harvests the biometric data of users, this time in a lawsuit that targets the company’s photo-sharing app Instagram.
Last month, the social media company offered to pay $650 million to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data through a photo-tagging tool provided to Facebook users.
Stephanie Otway, a Facebook spokesperson claims that the lawsuit is baseless and that Instagram doesn’t use face recognition technology.
It’s funny that Tik Tok would get in trouble for spying on American citizens when American companies like Facebook / Instagram are also being accused of harvesting biometric data of 100 million users.
Now Facebook itself is facing the same type of situation where users feel their rights have been infringed upon.
Bloomberg’s Robert Burnson also went on to write:
In the new lawsuit, filed Monday in state court in Redwood City, California, the company is accused of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without their knowledge or consent.
We all love the little OMG games because they are simple and fun. But what if our data is apart of the 100 million users that has been supposedly stolen? Would you still play those games or even use the service at all?