(Lawsuit, Filed 09/17/20) Instagram, Owned By Facebook, is Spying on You Through Your Webcam Without Your Permission

By obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes, Defendants are able to increase their advertising revenue by targeting users more than ever before

“Instagram is a popular social media platform, wholly owned by Facebook, with approximately one billion annual active users.

As a social media platform that allows users to post photographs and videos, Instagram has access to a user’s smartphone camera for the limited purpose of allowing users to directly take a photograph or video and then post that content to its platform.

Instagram claims to only access users’ smartphone cameras with user permission, such as when a user is interacting with the Instagram application’s (also referred to as an “app”) camera feature.

For example, Instagram recently released a statement saying “[Instagram] only access[es] your camera when you tell us to—for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera.”

Instagram claims when its camera feature is not used, it does not access users’ smartphone cameras.

However, Instagram does more than it claims. Instagram is constantly accessing users’ smartphone camera feature while the app is open and monitors users without permission, i.e., when users are not interacting with Instagram’s camera feature.

By doing so, Defendants have been able to monitor users’ most intimate moments, including those in the privacy of their own homes, in addition to collecting valuable insight and market research on its users.

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