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San Francisco: Facebook users have sued its parent company Meta in the US for tracking them through an in-app browser on iOS devices, despite Apple’s strict privacy policies.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Meta follows users’ online activity by “funneling them into Facebook’s built-in web browser and injecting JavaScript into the sites they visit”. .

According to a report in TechCrunch, that code makes it possible for the company to monitor “every single interaction with external websites”.

Apple introduced a major iOS privacy update last year via iOS 14.5 to prevent third-party apps like Facebook from tracking user behavior and their browsing history through the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature.

However, according to the lawsuit, Meta spied on users “through a solution”.

Reports late on Thursday said the proposed class-action lawsuit could allow “anyone to sign on, which in Facebook’s case may have hundreds of millions of US users.”

According to this, Meta is violating not only Apple’s policies, but also privacy laws at the state and federal level.

A Meta spokesperson said in a statement that the allegations were “without merit” and that it would contest them in court.

“We have carefully designed our in-app browser to respect users’ privacy choices, including how data may be used for advertisements,” the spokesperson said.

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that changes to Apple iOS privacy will cost the company a whopping $10 billion in 2022.

Meta has also accused Apple of favoring Google over app-based platforms like Facebook with its privacy policies.

“We believe that those restrictions from Apple are designed to weed out browsers from the tracking required by apps. So this means that compared to app-based advertising platforms like ours, search ads have near measurement and optimization. There may be access to far more third party data for such purposes,” according to the meta.