iPhone location data collection lawsuit: a setback for Apple

According to Bloomberg, Apple now has to fight for the class action lawsuit on iPhone location data collection.

iphone-locationservicesU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled last week that the discovery phase of the class-action lawsuit will proceed and ordered Apple to provide relevant documents to the plaintiffs’ legal team by May 17.

Apple fought to have the case tossed out, arguing that the plaintiffs have so far failed to prove that they suffered any injury at Apple’s hands. According to its online privacy statement, Apple says it collects “non-personal information,” suggesting data not directly associated with individuals. The company may collect information such as zip codes, area codes, and the location where an Apple product is used “so that we can better understand customer behavior and improve our products, services, and advertising,”

According to a report on wired.com,  iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims. Apple’s explanation in last year does not address why the stored geodata continues to live on the device permanently after it’s transmitted to Apple, nor does it address why geodata collection appears to persist even when Location Services is turned off.

Google does similar geodata collection for its own location-services database. However, it notifies Android users clearly in a prompt when geodata collection will occur, and it also gives users a way to opt out. Also, Android devices do not permanently store geodata after transmitting it to Google.

Will iPhone (probably iPad as well) users get another $15 again for the antennagate case?  What do you think about this legal battle?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.