Apple sued for allowing apps that transmit users’ personal information to advertisers

ZaggMate“Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone and iPad, was accused in a lawsuit of allowing applications for those devices to transmit users’ personal information to advertising networks without customers’ consent,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.

“The complaint, which seeks class action, or group, status, was filed on Dec. 23 in federal court in San Jose, California,” Rosenblatt reports. “The suit claims Cupertino, California-based Apple’s iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they’re used and for how long. ‘Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users’ location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views,’ according to the suit.”

Rosenblatt reports, “The suit, filed on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, identifies applications such as Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Dictionary.com, and names them as defendants along with Apple.”

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25 Comments

  1. If (when) Apple exerts control over apps that Apple deems untoward, Apple is criticized.That’s just a fact of Apple’s existence.

    I would like Apple to protect its customers from unscrupulous application vendors, in spite of the resulting criticisms from Apple haters.

    I definitely agree with the intention of this lawsuit (stop transmitting users’ personal information to advertising networks without customers’ consent) .

    If Apple will stop apps that transmit our data without our knowledge or consent, without Apple being dragged through the courts, even better.

  2. Lets see, I get software for free, it is ad supported, it asks me for my age, gender, political views, sexual orientation … and I’m STUPID enough to provide that … and I supposed to be surprised it gets collected by the advertiser?

    Lets be real – this suit is about using the legal system as a lottery… only its the lawyers that get rich(er).

    Its too bad neither congress nor the courts will ever change this as most politicians, and of course all judges, are lawyers.

  3. It’s simple. When asked those questions by a app… LIE! Fib, provide false info, mess with their rules, cheat, give them hogwash. At any one time I’m a 10 yr old millionaire with a phd or a 65 year old retiree on welfare in a 1.5 mill home that never went to school. If you screw with their metrics they’ll stop relying on them. Use the extremes, they’re targeting the average person anyway.

  4. This is amazing! We want all the benefits of technology that tells us what we want to know and where to find it, but we expect it to be free and to forget us once we are finished. There are people who still think Google is giving Android away out of the kindness of their hearts. Maybe Apple stock holders should start suing the people who are hurting our stock values with their scams.

  5. I agree with the suit’s complaint where it says devices track what applications we download and use, and the sale of additional data about us (if that data is outside of the terms for which we gave our consent). I don’t know if these practices are happening, but if they are, Apple should not allow it. Let Google wallow in that crap. The app store is better off as a walled garden.

  6. I agree with the lawsuit if there is information being sent out without the customer’s approval… The people who coded the app should be reprimanded.

    Is Google with their Android platform going to be scrutinized in a later lawsuit? Don’t let them out of this “fun”. Google likes to do everything Apple does… don’t make Google feel left out.

  7. With all apps you can turn the location notification off unless your location is required for that app to do its job. Pandora, in order not to run afoul of certain sport rebroadcast blackout requirements like with the MLB app will sometimes require your general location. A search app which you are using to search general knowledge usually does not unless you’re trying to find a specific location near you. This case is without merit. This location feature with the unique UUID was mandated for safety reasons to aid in the tracking and rescue of victims of severe weather occurances , lost hikers, flood victims not to mention the use of this info to law enforcement. I think the courts will once again rule that the benefits of this relatively innocuous reporting far outweighs the perils. You can’t have it both ways. Also, there is no free lunch, Google continuously proves that.

  8. Jonathan Lalo must be a long term unemployed guy who is looking for a quick buck. It is like that loser who sued McDonald for burned by really hot coffee – a loser!

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