Apple released a software update in May to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers’ location data. The revelation that Apple’s iPhone collected data and stored it for up to a year has prompted renewed scrutiny of the nexus between location and privacy.
Apple sold a record 18.65 million units of its’ iPhone globally in the March quarter.
Apple’s Korean Unit has been forced to pay $946,000.00 to a South Korean lawyer and two (2) officials at the Changwon District Court.
Apple made this huge payment last month, after collecting location data without consent of the iPhone users.
The law firm which was involved with this dispute, Mirae Law, announced that it was preparing a class-action lawsuit against Apple. Mirae Law has created a website (www.sueapple.co.kr) for people to sign-up for this class-action lawsuit.
U.S. lawmakers have accused the technology industry of exploiting location data for marketing purposes – a potentially multibillion-dollar industry — without getting proper consent from phone users.
Two separate U.S. groups of iPhone and iPad users have sued Apple, alleging that certain software applications were passing personal user information to third-party advertisers without consent.
Google Inc’s Seoul office was raided in May on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, in the latest setback to the Internet search firm’s Korean operations.
Executives of both Apple and Google have said they did not abuse the information.
A federal judge has granted class action status to a monopoly lawsuit against Apple and AT&T. In addition to this, Apple and AT&T which have recently been served with a class-action lawsuit over the antenna reception issues in iPhone 4.