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Mobile Apps Stealing Address Book Data

13 people filed a class action lawsuit in Austin, TX this week claiming that 18 popular smart phone apps (including Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Twitter) are still available for download even though they violate their distributor's stated privacy policies.

The lawsuit alleges that the apps in question steal information from smart phones' address books, accessing phone numbers, emails, job titles and even birthdays without the device owner's awareness or approval. According to the claim, the stolen information could earn as much as several dollars per item if sold to companies as marketing leads. Plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation for the profits earned from stolen information, and are also asking that apps be altered so that they can no longer collect personal information.

When large corporations violate an individual's personal or intellectual property for profit, they may be held financially accountable for their actions. If your personal information was compromised by a smart phone app, a Houston attorney can help you receive financial compensation for the violator's wrongdoing. At Arnold & Itkin, our experienced commercial attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to take on large corporations like Facebook and Twitter. Contact a commercial litigation lawyer from Arnold & Itkin today. We are happy to offer a free consultation regarding the facts in your case.