Apps on Apple iDevices Contact Data Collection Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves several cases brought against companies that developed apps for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. The complaints allege that versions of the Foodspotting, Foursquare, Gowalla, Instagram, Kik, Path, Twitter, and Yelp apps collected contact data from users’ devices, and that this was an invasion of privacy. They also allege that Apple aided and abetted them, and misrepresented the privacy protections and safety of its devices.

The settlement resolves the complaints against the app developers but does not resolve the allegations of misrepresentations against Apple.  

Docket Number:


Company: Twitter Inc.

Filing Deadline: November 10, 2017

Class Period: April 4, 2009 to February 23, 2012

Objection Deadline: November 10, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: November 10, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: December 14, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

No, but you should have received a notice with a class member identification number.


You may be eligible if you live in the US, you obtained one of the following versions of apps, through Apple’s App Store, and you took the actions specified, during the periods specified:

  • Foodspotting, versions 2.5 through 3.1; activated “Find iPhone Contacts feature of the app; between August 9, 2011 and February 19, 2012.
  • Foursquare, versions 1.1 through 4.2; for all these versions, activated the “Add Friends” feature of the app, or, for versions 3.1 through 4.2, registered your device as a Foursquare user through the app; between April 4, 2009 and February 14, 2012.
  • Gowalla, versions 1.5.0 through 4.1; selected a checkbox stating “Automatically connect with friends from my address book” and then depressed a “Let’s Get Started” button; or pressed a “Find Friends” button and then an “Address Book” button; between February 23, 2010 and February 23, 2012.
  • Instagram, versions 1.0.0 through 2.0.7; registered an Instagram account, used the “Find Friends” feature, and lived in the US at the time; between October 6, 2010 and February 10, 2012.
  • Kik, version 5.4.0; used the “Suggested Friends” feature of the app and as a result had contact data uploaded to Kik’s servers in non-hashed format, and lived in the US at the time; between December 22, 2011 and February 11, 2012.
  • Path, versions 2.0 through 2.0.5; activated Path between November 29, 2011 and February 7, 2012.
  • Twitter, versions 3.3 through 4.0.1; activated the “Find Friends” feature; between March 11, 2011 and February 21, 2012.
  • Yelp, versions 4.0.0 through 5.6.0; activated the “Find Friends” feature; between January 16, 2010 and February 22, 2012.
Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies; depends on the number of valid claims submitted and the number of apps for each claim. Most settlement payments will be made in the form of an electronic Amazon credit; if you cannot use the Amazon credit, you may request a postcard check, but the costs of issuing these are higher and will diminish the settlement funds available.

Total Settlement Amount: $5.3 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Gardy & Notis LLP
Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP
Phillips Erlewine Given & Carlin LLP

Claim Form: Opperman et al. v. Kong Technologies Claim Form

Case Name: Opperman et al v. Kong Technologies, Inc. et al.

Settlement Website: Opperman et al. v. Kong Technologies Website

Claims Administrator:
Kurtzman Carson Consultants

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Opperman et al. v. Kong Technologies
KCC LLC, Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 404000
Louisville, KY 40233-4000

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