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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Top Rated Comments

Snowshiro Avatar
137 months ago
Ahh, good to see Apple's pet judge doing her work again.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Illusion986 Avatar
137 months ago
Privacy soon will be a myth and out great grandchildren will read stories about the last generation that got to see it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Terrin Avatar
137 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chatter Avatar
137 months ago
Oh shush

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:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Winni Avatar
137 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...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
proline Avatar
137 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.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)