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Apple, Pandora, others sued for intercepting personal info

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2011

More defendants may be named later

Apple, The Weather Channel and music site Pandora are together facing a lawsuit over intercepting personally identifiable data, reports say. The case is being handled through the US District Court for Puerto Rico, and was filed on behalf of Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz. Documents leave space to name up to 10 other defendants at a future date.

Diaz accuses Apple in particular of six charges, among which are abuse, fraud and unfair trade. The company collects UDIDs (Unique Device IDs) and transmits them to third-party advertisers along with location data, according to allegations. In compensation Diaz is requesting monetary damages.

The lawsuit is the second to target Apple over location tracking. Apple has had to adopt a defensive posture since it became public knowledge that a cache file in iOS 4 is recording the location of celltowers and Wi-Fi hotspots. The size and persistence of the cache has been severely curtailed as of iOS 4.3.3.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. dliup

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    moron

    Any app that uses location data on iOS would have to ask user for permission. If user don't allow permission, no location data is sent.

    Thus Apple is not on the hook. Also, Apple's term and conditions clearly describes the location services.

  1. ferdchet

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    Joined: Feb 2011

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    why?

    do these people keep being allowed to file these suits? It's because they aren't paying the bill at the end of these lawsuits. They are hoping for a payday.

    Is Lymaris Diaz an idiot? Does he ever use the web? Cookies? Why not sue the Weather Channel years ago for keeping your zip code handy when they open a web page? It doesn't help that judges and lawyers are about a zero on the scale of technical skills.

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