Twitter, Yelp Among Apps Signing On To $5.3M Privacy Deal

By Suevon Lee (April 4, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT) -- Several major tech companies, including Twitter Inc., Yelp Inc., Instagram LLC and Foursquare Labs Inc., have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million to resolve a putative class action pending in California federal court accusing them of violating user privacy through their apps for Apple's mobile operating system.

The agreement was unveiled in a court filing Monday seeking preliminary approval of the deal, which would resolve five-year-old claims that the companies' apps for Apple's iOS were created in such a way as to unlawfully upload and disseminate users' personal information without their knowledge or consent.

Under the deal, which also covers...

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