Casually browsing Instagram when suddenly the new iOS 14 camera/microphone indicator comes on. Then control panel ratted out the app behind it. This is going to change things. #iOS14 pic.twitter.com/EnTIRsqq3R
— KevDoy (@KevDoy) July 17, 2020
A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco this week claims Facebook is accessing users’ smartphone cameras, without permission, to spy on them while they’re using the popular social media app Instagram.
The suit claims Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, is collecting “‘lucrative and valuable data from users that it would not otherwise have access to,” through these cameras.
A New Jersey woman, Brittany Conditi, brought the suit after the release of Apple’s iOS 14 beta update in July. That new software notifies iPhone users if an app is accessing their smartphone’s camera in the background.
Facebook says the notification was the result of a bug in the new software.
At the time, Facebook said the notification was a result of a bug in the new software.
“We only access your camera when you tell us to – for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera,” a company spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Read more at The Daily Mail here.