This all started in 2011 when it was revealed that software called “Carrier IQ” was running on many of the smartphones from major manufacturers and carriers. The software, which was installed at the system level and completely hidden from public view, was logging keystrokes and had the capability to read messages being sent over the network.
This lawsuit filed against Defendant Carrier iQ, alleges that the software, in addition to gathering data about cellular service quality, intercepted private communications, content, and data on these devices.
The lawsuit alleges violations of the Federal Wiretap Act, various state privacy and wiretap acts, various state consumer protection acts, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and the implied warranty of merchantability under various state laws.
Defendants have agreed to create a $9 million Gross Settlement Fund which will cover payments to Settlement Class Members who file a timely and valid claim. Over $3 million will go to attorneys’ fees and other expenses. The remaining amount will be available for cash payments to Eligible Class Members on a pro rata basis.
The Settlement Class has been defined as “All persons in the United States who, during the Class Period, purchased, owned, or were an Authorized User of any Covered Mobile Device.” Any person within the Settlement Class is a Settlement Class Member. The Class Period is December 1, 2007 through March 1, 2016.
An Authorized User is a person authorized by name on the Wireless Provider account for a Covered Mobile Device (equipped with Carrier iQ software) during the Class Period. The list includes some of the biggest manufacturers and wireless service providers so most people should qualify for a rebate.
- AT&T Mobility