Each had to pay for not keeping the things secured
Digital technology is changing the world very fastly that we live in undoubtedly. Smartphones with Intellectual and useful mobile apps became an integral part of our life. We rely on these applications and share our all details in order to get beneficial assistance. But are these details and information safe? recent incident puts a question mark on the services of social media apps. 8 social media applications were accused of compromising with the user privacy and details handling. Even giant social media apps like Instagram and Twitter were not spared by the consumer for not protecting the user’s privacy.
It all started in 2008 when some consumers sued 8 companies for not handling the user's details correctly. They find an iOS feature integrated with these apps ‘Find Friends’ which automatically uploads the user’s contact list on the companies serve without any legal consent. The 8 apps include Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Kik, Foodspotting, Gowalla, and Path. All these apps need to compensate the consumers for the amount of $5.3. These companies gave almost for five years to convince the judge that it was necessary to upload contact list for the feature to work. However, the judiciary seems not much convincing on this excuse and goes in favor of the consumer.
In this kind of cases, the compensation to all the consumers is very little as the user list is too long. Compensation got divided among all the users. With these case along with the time number of user and app popularity got increased. Companies need to inform the users downloaded the app as they also share the amount. Authorities ask the companies to inform the users via mail and for twitter via tweet #settlement news to obtain more information.
For new developer and companies, this could be a reminder they should take proper steps. Always inform the user about the details you are fetching and how you are protecting their data. As a user the primary aspect in every business, you should be very careful about their privacy. There should be no scope for any damage or harm and the user must be aware of every step that you are taking.
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