Hipster App Steals Phones' Contact Lists, Suit Claims

Law360, New York (February 1, 2013, 6:19 PM EST) -- Photo-sharing app maker Hipster Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Wednesday that alleges the company illegally obtains users’ personal information and a list of personal contacts contained on their phones without their permission.

The suit claims Hipster, a free app for iPhones or other smartphones, copied users' lists of personal contacts and other highly sensitive information, such as passwords and geolocation, then surreptitiously uploaded the information to Hipster’s third-party servers.

“All of this material was sent unencrypted over publicly accessible data channels,” the plaintiffs...
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