“A new Class Action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Boston, Massachusetts by Plaintiffs Adam Christensen, Jeffrey Scolnick, and William Farrell individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “The lawsuit revolves around Apple demanding the collection of Personal Identification Information (PII) in order to conclude a sale which is against Massachusetts law. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Apple illegally sells consumer’s PII without compensating them for it.”
“To consummate each purchase, Plaintiffs elected to use their credit card as their chosen form of payment,” Purcher reports. “As a condition of using their credit cards, Plaintiffs were required by Apple to enter personal identification information associated with the credit card, including their full and complete zip codes. Apple would not allow Plaintiff to complete their purchases without supplying such information. Apple is not required by credit card issuers to require this information from consumers.”
Purcher reports, “According to the formal complaint before the court, “Apple’s website states that Apple sells consumers’ PII – including Plaintiffs and the Class’ PII – to third-parties for profi: ‘At times Apple may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Apple to provide products and services, or that help Apple market to customers.'”
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