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Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access

On Thursday in the Northern District of California, Brittany Conditi filed a class-action complaint against Instagram and its parent company Facebook for invasion of privacy alleging that Instagram accessed users’ smartphone cameras when not using features that would require camera access, despite the defendants’ representations to the contrary.

According to the complaint, 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.” Furthermore, Instagram “claims to only access users’ smartphone cameras with user permission, such as when a user is interacting with the Instagram application’s…camera feature.” According to the complaint, Instagram stated it does not access a user’s camera when the camera feature is not in use. However, the plaintiff proffered that Instagram “does more than it claims.”

Source: Instagram Sued For Privacy Violations Over Unauthorized Camera Access – Tech

Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies

Facebook warned that privacy changes coming from Apple could hurt smaller developers such as gaming companies disproportionately but will likely leave its own apps mostly unscathed.

Facebook said it was making a change to its own apps – which in addition to its flagship app also include WhatsApp and Instagram – that would likely spare them from having to ask iPhone users for data-tracking permissions that many advertising industry insiders believe users will refuse.

Source: Facebook says Apple’s new privacy rules could spare its own apps but hit smaller companies – Reuters

Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting Of Biometrics

Facebook is facing allegations it illegally harvests the biometric data of users, this time in a lawsuit that targets Instagram.

In the lawsuit, filed 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.

Source: Instagram Faces Lawsuit Over Illegal Harvesting Of Biometrics

Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data

Social media network Facebook has filed two lawsuits this week against the operators of two websites that abused its platforms to sell Instagram likes and harvest passwords and information on Facebook users, respectively.

The lawsuits are just the latest in a long series of litigations the company has filed over the past one year and a half.

Source: Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data | ZDNet

Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm

Teenagers are using group accounts to flood Instagram with random user data that can’t be tied to a single person. If you wanted to confuse Instagram, here’s how.

First, make multiple accounts. You might have an Instagram account dedicated to you and friends, or another just for your hobby. Give access to one of these low-risk accounts to someone you trust.

Then request a password reset, and send the link to that trusted friend who’ll log on from a different device. Password resets don’t end Instagram sessions, so both you and the second person will be able to access the same account at the same time.

Finally, by having someone else post the photo, Instagram grabs metadata from a new, fresh device. Repeat this process with a network of, say, 20 users in 20 different locations with 20 different devices? Now you’re giving Instagram quite the confusing cocktail of data.

Source: Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm – CNET

Facebook is building more secure Instagram messaging app 

Facebook is launching Threads, a new camera-first messaging app from Instagram for keeping up with your close friends in a dedicated space.

Facebook claims it is built with privacy in mind, so that you can feel comfortable using the app to communicate with your close friends.

Read more: Privacy Matters: Threads | Facebook Newsroom

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users

Instagram allowed a trusted advertising partner to harvest huge swathes of user data to create detailed files on account holders’ physical locations and personal bios, news reports reveal.

The information was put together by Hyp3r, in contradiction of Instagram rules and without the popular photo-imagery app’s knowledge. This week, Facebook-owned Instagram instructed Hyp3r to stop the practice, confirming that it was in violation of data privacy rules.

Source: Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users – PrivSec Report

German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook “was able to build a unique database for each individual user and thus to gain market power,” says Andreas Mundt of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

Germany’s antitrust agency is hitting Facebook with “far-reaching restrictions” on the social media network’s practice of merging its users’ data that was gleaned from WhatsApp, Instagram and millions of third-party websites and apps. The decision can be appealed; if it stands, it would force Facebook to add more ways for its users to protect their privacy.

Source: German Regulator Says Facebook Can’t Use Data From Instagram, WhatsApp : NPR

Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords

A warning has been issued by Instagram that a number of users of the social media platform have had their password details exposed by a security leak.

Ironically, this breach occurred due to a flaw in the ‘Download Your Data’ tool that Instagram added to the platform to allow users to download a copy of their own data. Instagram sent these users their passwords in plain text. This feature was implemented in April in order to ensure compliance with the European Union General Data Protection legislation which became enforceable on May 25 this year. The tool was developed due to privacy concerns in the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Full article: Instagram GDPR Tool Exposes Subscriber Passwords – Compliance Junction

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