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    Courthouse News Service: Class Claims Apple iPhones Invade Privacy and Pass Along the Info

    Courthouse News Service reports on a class-action suit filed against Apple concerning the privacy of users of its iPhones:

    SAN JOSE (CN) – Apple uses the “location service” function on iPhones to spy on customers and give their private information to third parties, including the federal government, a class action claims in Federal Court.

    Lead plaintiff Chen Ma sued Apple on behalf of roughly 100 million iPhone users, claiming Apple violated their privacy.

    “In or around September 2012, Apple released iPhone 4 which contains an iOS operating system software that enables iPhone 4 to track its users’ whereabouts down to every minute, record the duration that users stay at any given geographical point, and periodically transmit these data stored on the users’ devices to Apple’s database for future references,” according to the July 24 complaint. […]

    She seeks class certification and an injunction preventing Apple from collecting and storing customers’ private information without giving them prior notice, and from sending their data to a third party without their permission. She also seeks compensatory and punitive damages for invasion of privacy.

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