The Security of Information on iDevices

In July 2017, a federal judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Apple and several app developers.

The 2014 complaint alleges that the companies misrepresented that information on iDevices was secure and could not be taken without owners’ consent when, according to plaintiffs, the companies failed to disclose security flaws and that information on devices was secretly uploaded, stored, and sometimes disseminated.

The settlement provides for a $5.3 million settlement fund from which class members who file claims can receive a portion, after other costs – including administration costs, attorneys’ fees, and incentive awards for named plaintiffs – are paid. The amount each class member receives will be based on the number of claimants and the number of relevant apps used by each claimant, and the award to class members will be in the form of an Amazon.com gift card credit or a postcard check.

A final fairness hearing is scheduled for December 14, 2017. For more information, go to https://www.iosappsettlement.com. (Opperman et al v. Kong Tecnhologies, Inc. et al, Case No. 13-cv-453, N. D. CA.)

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