From www.pcmag.com

Meta is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit that claims it developed a secret work-around for Apple’s privacy rules on iOS, allowing it to collect personal data without consent.Last year, Apple changed the rules for iOS app developers by forcing them to ask a user’s permission before their apps are allowed to collect tracking data. The Facebook app on iOS must therefore ask for permission from each user, but as Bloomberg reports(Opens in a new window), this lawsuit (Willis v. Meta Platforms Inc., 22-cv-05376) accuses Meta of circumventing the rules and tracking a user regardless of their choice.

So how does this tracking work? The lawsuit explains how Meta’s Facebook app opens links in an in-app browser rather than the user’s default browser. By doing so, the activity of the user can easily be tracked while skirting around Apple’s app privacy rules.

If that is indeed the case, it would technically violate Apple’s rules for users who opted out of tracking, but that would need to be proven in court. The lawsuit also claims this behavior violates state and federal laws limiting unauthorized collection of personal data. Meta has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

Recommended by Our Editors

Back in August, researcher Felix Krause discovered multiple apps were using in-app browsers to inject JavaScript into websites to allow users to be tracked. Both the Facebook and Instagram apps have been proven to inject JavaScript, with Meta stating in a comment forming part of the JavaScript code it uses that it was, “developed to honor people’s privacy and [App Tracking Transparency] choices.”

New reasons to get excited everyday.

Get the latest tech news delivered right in your mailbox


5 Reasons Why You Should Try Online Horse Race Betting

In many places around the world, horse races are an attraction that a lot of people love to watch. With the fast-paced action and thrill that each game provides, it is no longer surprising to know that millions of fans have grown fond of it.

NordLayer — more than a business VPN

Cybersecurity threats have become vast and more sophisticated. The rate of malware attacks and malicious activity counts within seconds despite the size or sector the organization belongs to — no one is safe enough to expect that foe actors will bypass vital company resources.


close

Don't miss a beat!!

We’d love to keep you updated with the latest tech news from across the internet!

Don't worry, we don’t spam!

You may also like

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More in Tech News