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Friday, 18 September 2020

Privacy Breach: Facebook accused of stealing data via Instagram, mobile phone camera used for user's private data

New Jersey Instagram user Britney Conditi filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco.
Facebook denied the allegations, saying it was all due to a bug

Many users around the world could not log in to their social media accounts due to the downing of Facebook and Instagram servers on Thursday night.  Teva has been accused of allegedly spying on Instagram users on Facebook. Facebook has been accused of using cameras to steal data.

According to media reports, iPhone users were seen accessing the phone's camera even when they were not active on Instagram. However, Facebook has denied all the allegations. According to Facebook, this is due to a technical bug.

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What is the case?
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, New Jersey Instagram user Britney Conditi said the app's camera was used intentionally. This is done to steal the user's essential and important data, otherwise no camera accesses.

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Where is the case going?
The case is from Condity Vs Instagram, LLC, 20-cv-06534, U.S. District Court, Northern California (San Francisco). According to the application, this has been done to obtain personal and private data of the user's home. Facebook and Instagram are able to do this. However, Facebook has not commented on the case.

How does the company oversee?
Whenever an app is installed in the phone, it asks for some permissions before opening the app, including permissions including contact, media, location, camera. Allowing permission Allows the app to monitor phone data whenever the phone's data is on.

The Facebook and Instagram apps also monitor this way. The app may also access the phone's camera without your consent, as you have previously granted this permission to the app.

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Tips to avoid data theft

Give any app the same permissions that are really needed, such as Instagram is a photo sharing app that requires camera and gallery permissions, but this app doesn't need to give contact and location permission.
Whenever we use an app, we minimize it instead of closing it. The company can monitor your data even in a minimized app, so close it after using the app instead of minimizing it.
You can turn off phone data if you don't use the internet frequently. Since the data is off, the chances of the phone data being stolen are completely zero.
Facebook has been accused of data theft before
Alleged to collect biometric data
There was a case on Facebook in the US in August this year. It accused Facebook's sub-company Instagram of collecting biometric data without the consent of users. The case involved an allegation on Instagram that the company automatically scans people's faces. Meanwhile, the faces of those people were also scanned, which were seen in someone else's Instagram account. Meanwhile, data of 100 million people was stolen.

Accused of buying Pegasus spyware
A case was filed against the NSO group a few months ago. In it, the company felt that the NSO group had given Pegasus spyware to the government to steal or monitor WhatsApp Spy, and that users selected by the government were being monitored.

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Data theft of 87 million users
The UK's data director has fined social media platform Facebook 5 5 million this year for failing to protect user data. The investigation found that Facebook's data was misused by both sides during the 2016 European Union elections. Facebook has admitted to stealing data from about 87 million users from British consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The same company campaigned for US President Donald Trump in 2016.

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