Facebook owner Meta is once again under fire, this time for allegedly building a workaround to Apple’s recent privacy rules. Bloomberg reported that two Facebook users filed a proposed class-action complaint against Meta this Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The users accuse the company of bypassing Apple’s 2021 privacy rules and breaking state and federal laws limiting the collection of personal data.
Krause explained exactly what Instagram and Facebook do on his blog:
- Links to external websites are rendered inside the Instagram app, instead of using the built-in Safari.
- This allows Instagram to monitor everything happening on external websites, without the consent from the user, nor the website provider.
A Meta spokesperson told Bloomberg that the allegations are “without merit” and that Meta will defend itself. “We have designed our in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads,” the spokesperson added.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the lawsuit as it progresses.