Google Wallet Lawsuit Given Green Light to Proceed
Google was unable to convince a judge to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit concerning its Google Wallet application and service. A consumer sued Google in late 2013 alleging the company violated its own privacy policies by providing third-party app developers with consumer information, including street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Lead plaintiff, Alice Svenson of Illinois, claims this practice raised the risk of identity theft. Though Google ceased the practice after the lawsuit was filed a year and a half ago, the plaintiff is seeking class action status, $1,000 per violation, and other punitive damages. Google Wallet has been around since 2011 and lets users store credit, debit, and loyalty cards on their phone in addition to make tap-and-go payments at participating retailers. Google didn't comment on the judge's decision.
Google Testing Hands Free Mobile Payments
Mar 2, 2016
Google today announced a new pilot program that will allow people to pay for goods and services without taking their phone out of their pocket. Hands Free Payments relies on location data, WiFi, Bluetooth beacons, and other sensors to detect nearby participating stores.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Jun 21, 2016
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Apple Adjusts AppleCare+ for New iPhones, Adds Theft Protection
Sep 12, 2018
Apple today refreshed its AppleCare+ offerings for its line of iPhones. The company is now allowing iPhone owners to make claims for the theft or loss of their iPhone.
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Feb 20, 2018
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.