Instagram faces lawsuit over illegal collection of users’ biometric data

According to the Independent, Instagram has been accused of collecting the biometric data of up to 100 million users without their consent in a new lawsuit. The Facebook owned app could be fined up to US$1000 per violation if found guilty of breaching the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The lawsuit  (Whalen v. Facebook) was filed in the California state court. A spokesperson for Facebook responded to these allegations stating ‘This suit is baseless. Instagram doesn’t use face recognition technology’.