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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Apple's Location Tracking in iOS

mapsU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a privacy lawsuit against Apple alleging that the company was collecting location data through iPhones and iPads even when the devices' geo-location data was turned off, reports Reuters. Koh found that the plaintiffs had not adequately shown that they relied on Apple's alleged misrepresentations, writing in her ruling:
Plaintiffs must be able to provide some evidence that they saw one or more of Apple's alleged misrepresentations, that they actually relied on those misrepresentations, and that they were harmed thereby.
The plaintiffs alleged that Apple was collecting location data in violation of its own privacy policy and also claimed Apple lured them into spending more money on their devices than they would have if they had known about the sort of data that Apple had been collecting.

The case is one part of a nationwide litigation that combines 19 related lawsuits. This specific lawsuit was first filed in 2011 and was one of the first of many lawsuits against Apple and other tech companies regarding location data and privacy.

Concerns regarding location data have have ramped up in recent months following news of a U.S. government program called PRISM allowing the National Security Agency direct access to user data on corporate servers from Internet companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and more. Since then, Apple and other companies have reiterated statements on customer privacy.

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9 months ago
Ahh, good to see Apple's pet judge doing her work again.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago
Privacy soon will be a myth and out great grandchildren will read stories about the last generation that got to see it.
Rating: 8 Votes
9 months ago

Or, you know, they bought an Apple device assuming it would not present a privacy concern; otherwise, they might have bought another manufacturer's device.


Like who? Please do not say any Android manufacturer.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago

Ahh, good to see Apple's pet judge doing her work again.


Yes, I also wonder how much Apple pays for these little favors...
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Yes, I also wonder how much Apple pays for these little favors...


Would posting intelligent comments hurt you? You live to post baseless crap eh? :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Wait... whut?
"Apple tracked my commute to work, so I had to buy a case for my iPad, power-ups for Angry Birds, and a used chemical toilet from a guy on eBay."


Or, you know, they bought an Apple device assuming it would not present a privacy concern; otherwise, they might have bought another manufacturer's device.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Or, you know, they bought an Apple device assuming it would not present a privacy concern; otherwise, they might have bought another manufacturer's device.

If that's the case, they should have to prove that the Apple device actually did present a privacy concern, that there were more private alternatives, and that they would have selected such an alternative were it not for the allegedly false statement Apple made. They have not proven any of the three necessary postulates.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
Judge Koh is on fire TBH....:cool:
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Ahh, good to see Apple's pet judge doing her work again.


Yes, I also wonder how much Apple pays for these little favors...


It is funny, when she rules something that is "against" Apple she is in Samsung pockets.

When she rules something that is "in favour" of Apple she is in Apple pockets.


She must be earning a lot of cash
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago

Thanks for the info - I did not know that these phones existed - :)


Yeah, the news often reports on this or that phone getting a "clearance", but it's almost always for very low level access.

To be able to discuss secret info, you need a truly secure solution.

For example, when Obama took office, he refused to give up his Blackberrys for everything. He was supposed to switch to the General Dynamics Sectera Edge (image below), based on Windows CE, for all Secret and above communications.

Attachment 450162

It was certified for Top Secret voice and Secret email. Ruggedized against drops; water and dust proof.

Anyway, apparently he didn't like that either. So they customized a Blackberry with secure VoIP software from a company called "The Genesis Key", and he's apparently still using that phone.

Speaking of location tracking, rumors also say that, to prevent someone tracking his phone's IMEI via cell tower intercepts, his Blackberry will only talk to special base stations installed in his car, office, Air Force One, etc. The base station then reportedly talks over secure satellite link. Interesting hack, if true.

As a side note, President Putin reportedly uses a Russian made Android phone.
Rating: 3 Votes

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