(observer.com) – in recent years, the U.S. government has frequently attacked tiktok under the pretext of “threatening user data security”. Unexpectedly, its social applications are facing similar charges. Instagram, Facebook’s photo sharing app, has been accused of illegally collecting users’ biological data. The charges are related to the application’s face recognition technology. < p > < p > instagram was accused of collecting, storing and profiting from biometric data of more than 100 million users without users’ knowledge or consent in a lawsuit filed in Redwood City State Court on Monday (11). < / P > < p > according to the lawsuit, instagram collects user’s face data through the facial tagging tool and stores the created “face template” in the Facebook database. Even if you are not an instagram user, instagram automatically uses the facial tagging tool to obtain information without the user’s consent. “Once Facebook captures the biometric data of instagram users, it will use the data to enhance the face recognition capabilities of all its products and share the data with different entities,” the complaint said < p > < p > according to Bloomberg, instagram’s actions violate an Illinois privacy law that prohibits unauthorized biological data collection. The complaint also noted that Facebook did not start notifying instagram users until the beginning of this year that the program was collecting user biometric data. Under the Illinois privacy law, companies are fined $1000 for each violation, and up to $5000 if the company is found to have committed an intentional violation. In a statement, Stephanie Otway, a Facebook spokesman, said the charges against instagram were groundless and “instagram does not use face recognition technology.”. < / P > < p > this is not the first related charge that Facebook faces. In July, Facebook paid $650 million to end a lawsuit accusing the social app Facebook of similar illegal biometric data collection.