Apple is asking a federal judge to slam the courthouse door shut on a group of consumers who are suing the company for allegedly misrepresenting its security practices
The consumers' lawsuit stems from revelations in 2012 that some developers accessed users' address books without their knowledge. The users, who also are suing 15 developers, allege that Apple mislead users about the security of their information.
They allege that Apple's privacy policies, blog posts, ad campaigns and other corporate statements “created the false impression” that iPhones and iPads would keep personal data secure.
“Apple had unique knowledge that its iDevices were not as secure as represented, but consistently and deliberately failed to reveal its products’ security flaws to consumers,” the consumers allege.
Earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in the Northern District of California dismissed the lawsuit against Apple, but said the users could amend their complaint and refile it. They did so in late June.
Apple now says in court papers filed late Friday that the most recent complaint also should be dismissed -- this time with prejudice.
Apple also argues that none of the consumers pinpointed the allegedly false statements they relied upon when purchasing their devices.
The dispute dates to March of 2012, when Texas resident Marc Opperman and a group of other smartphone users brought a potential class-action lawsuit against Apple and app developers. The litigation stemmed from a series of reports detailing privacy glitches.
Soon after reports about Path surfaced, a different developer reported that the mobile app Hipster downloaded users' contacts without their permission. Within weeks, reports emerged that other mobile companies, including Twitter, Yelp, and Foodspotting, downloaded and stored users' address books. In many of those cases, the developers reportedly asked users for permission to access their contacts, but didn't specify that the data would be stored.
The app developers have filed separate motions asking Tigar to dismiss the lawsuit.