Karina Basso reports:
While Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp., Carrier IQ Inc., and other companies attempt to dismiss a smartphone privacy multidistrict litigation (MDL), the plaintiffs of these class action lawsuits have pushed back with their own opposing memorandum. In this MDL, a number of telecom companies have been accused of allegedly violating the Wiretap Act by illegally collecting consumer data through individuals’ phones.
According to the defending companies’ motion to dismiss the smartphone privacy class action lawsuit, they claim that the plaintiffs neglected to properly allege that Samsung, HTC, Carrier IQ, and other companies “intercepted contents” from consumers’ electronic communications via phone, as required by the standards of the Wiretap Act.
The Smartphone Privacy Class Action Lawsuit is In re: Carrier IQ Inc. Consumer Privacy Litigation, Case No. 3:12-md-02330, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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