Facebook Could Face $500 Billion in Fines for Illegally Collecting Biometric Data Through Instagram

A new lawsuit accuses Instagram of illegally collecting users’ facial recognition data without telling them

Facebook-owned Instagram was sued Monday for illegally collecting, storing and distributing the facial recognition data of its users and could face up to $500 billion in fines.

A class action lawsuit filed in San Mateo Superior Court by Illinois resident Kelly Whalen on Aug. 10 alleges that Facebook and Instagram are routinely harvesting and sharing its users’ biometric data without informing them or asking for consent to collect it.

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Samson Amore

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