Firm moves for class certification against Instagram, Apple, others in data privacy case

August 23, 2016 – Following the decision last month of Federal District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar certifying a class of approximately 480,000 users of the Path mobile app, the firm moved today in its capacity as interim co-lead counsel to certify similar classes of iDevice owners of certain other mobile apps downloaded from the Apple App Store before Feb. 2012.  These apps include versions offered by Foursquare, Instagram, Kik, Twitter and Yelp that plaintiffs contend surreptitiously uploaded private address book data from their iDevices.  The iDevice owners impacted by this practice could exceed 10 million in number.  At the same time, the firm moved against Apple to certify a class of iDevice owners plaintiffs say were deceived in their purchases of Apple products by promises of privacy and security when, in fact, those products suffered from known vulnerabilities exposing private address book data to invasion and theft.  The court has set both motions for a November 15th hearing.