The meta platform was accused of developing a sneaky workaround for security features Apple introduced last year to prevent tracking iPhone customers’ online activities. Two Facebook users claimed the corporation violated state and federal laws that prohibit the illegal collecting of personal data in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco. The same court received a similar complaint last week.
In response to the allegation, Meta confirmed that the Facebook app tracks browser activity but refuted claims that user data was being improperly collected.
The lawsuit alleges that the Facebook app’s meta-collection of user data enables circumvention of Apple guidelines that will go into effect in 2021 and require all third-party applications to get user permission before accessing their online or offline activity. Is.
Apple’s privacy move severely restricted Meta’s capacity to gather user data from iOS users, costing it $10 billion, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (about Rs 80,559 crore).
The Facebook app allegedly circumvents Apple privacy restrictions by opening web links in the in-app browser rather than the user’s default browser, according to Wednesday’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that by doing so, Meta is able to “intercept, monitor, and record its users’ interactions and communications with third parties, which give Meta with data that it gathers to support its advertising income, analyses, and utilises.”
An inquiry for comment from Meta did not immediately receive a response.
US District Court, Northern District of California, cases Willis v. Meta Platform Inc., 22-CV-05376, and Mitchell v. Meta Platforms Inc., 22-CV-05267 (San Francisco).