The new lawsuit, filed Thursday (Sept. 17) in federal court in San Francisco by Instagram user Brittany Condi, claims Facebook gained access to Instagram users' smartphone cameras without their permission. She alleges Facebook spied on users to collect "lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to."
By "obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes," Instagram and Facebook collected "valuable insights and market research," the complaint said.
The suit follows media reports from July when a "bug" in Instagram's code led users to believe the app was turning on their cameras without permission. Some users, according to The Independent's story in July, said they noticed a green indicator (seen below) at the top of their iPhone's Control Panel that showed the camera was activated. Users believed Instagram had been spying on them.