Disclaimer: We may earn a commission if you make any purchase by clicking our links. Please see our detailed guide here.

Follow us on:

Google News

A Lawsuit is Filed Over Instagram for Illegally Harvesting Biometrics

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

Join the Opinion Leaders Network

Join the Techgenyz Opinion Leaders Network today and become part of a vibrant community of change-makers. Together, we can create a brighter future by shaping opinions, driving conversations, and transforming ideas into reality.

Facebook has come under both public and legal scrutiny yet again, and this time too pertaining to security and privacy issues. Time and again, Facebook’s privacy policy has been questioned. The government has been critical of it so has the public.

The popular social media platform also got into a legal battle and lawsuits over the years. This has resulted in Facebook making promises and excuses over their privacy policy. The latest lawsuit under Facebook’s belt is illegally harvesting users’ biometric data. This time the lawsuit is against Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram.

Last month, the social media company offered to pay a whopping 650 million USD to settle a lawsuit that accused the platform of illegally collecting biometric data through a photo-tagging tool provided to Facebook users. In a new lawsuit filed in state court in Redwood City, California, Zuckerberg’s company is accused of collecting, storing, and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users.

The lawsuit has emphasized that Facebook has successfully done all of this without the knowledge or consent of its users. The lawsuit shows that this practice violates an Illinois privacy law that bars unauthorized collection of biometric data. Under this law, any company that violates this law is liable to pay 1000 USD per violation or 5000 USD. if the violation is found to have acted intentionally.

What is more? Facebook had tried to come clean about illegally harvesting data. As late as the beginning of this year, Facebook slyly started to inform its Instagram users that the company was indeed collecting biometric data. This did not go unnoticed by the lawsuit. The suit is Whalen v. Facebook, 20-civ-03346, Superior Court of California (Redwood City). Facebook refrained from commenting on this new lawsuit.


Partner With Us

Digital advertising offers a way for your business to reach out and make much-needed connections with your audience in a meaningful way. Advertising on Techgenyz will help you build brand awareness, increase website traffic, generate qualified leads, and grow your business.

Power Your Business

Solutions you need to super charge your business and drive growth

More from this topic