Facebook has filed a class-action lawsuit against it for illegally collecting user data

Facebook has filed a class-action lawsuit against it for illegally collecting user data ...

Meta has filed a class action lawsuit against it, alleging that its Facebook and Instagram iOS apps continue to track users illegally without permission, despite Apple's App Tracking Transparency measures.

Apple's App Tracking Transparency (ATT), which was first implemented in iOS 14, requires apps to cease monitoring users until they expressly authorize them to continue. Meta has long criticized ATT, claiming that it has had an impact of over $10 billion on its earnings projections.

According to Bloomberg, a proposed new class-action action claims that Facebook and Instagram's owner Meta has been circumventing ATT and collecting data, regardless of user preferences and opt-out.

Felix Krause, a data privacy researcher and former Google engineer, claims that Facebook and Instagram embed JavaScript code on websites visited by users. Krause claims that this allows Meta to track "anything you do on any website." This might theoretically allow Meta to capture passwords encoded into websites.

According to the lawsuit, Facebook uses its own in-app browser to open web hyperlinks, rather than Safari or whatever browser the user has set as their default browser.

According to the complaint, Meta can intercept, monitor, and record users' interactions with third parties.

Meta has not commented publicly on the complaint.

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