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M**a sued for secret collection of user data – the company circumvented Apple’s privacy policy

A lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where Meta* (owns Facebook* and Instagram*) is accused of violating Apple’s privacy policy, as well as federal and California laws restricting unauthorized collection of personally identifiable information. The lawsuit can be given class status, last week the same court received a similar lawsuit on the same charges.

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Image source: succo / pixabay.com

The lawsuits stemmed from research by privacy expert Felix Krause, who found that Facebook’s mobile apps* and Instagram* on Apple iOS, they add JavaScript code to all pages opened by users. According to Krause, this code enables applications to be tracked “everything you do on a website”, including entering passwords. In the application settings there is no option that allows you to open links through the default browser installed in the system, that is, it is impossible to avoid surveillance.

At Meta* All charges were dismissed. “These allegations are unfounded and we will actively defend our position. We designed our in-app browser with users’ privacy choices in mind, including how data may be used for advertising.”— said the representative of Meta* Resource MacRumors.

The plaintiffs allege that the collection of user data is done through meta-applications* Bypasses Apple’s privacy policy introduced in 2021 – updated rules require user consent to be obtained before tracking their online or offline activity. According to Meta’s own calculations*In 2022 alone, the company will lose $10 billion in advertising revenue as a result. Circumvention of Apple’s privacy policy is manifested by providing links to external resources from Facebook applications* and Instagram* Open in the built-in browser rather than the system’s default browser, the latest lawsuit says.

* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25. 2002 “On Countering Extremist Activities”.

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Robbie Elmers

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