Apple Is Being Sued Over iPhone Location Tracking

Two Apple customers have filed a class action lawsuit against the company after last week’s messy news when Wired discovered that Apple is tracking the locations of iPhone users and storing this data in map form.

The Boston Globe has the story. “Apple Inc. was accused of invasion of privacy and computer fraud by two customers who claim in a federal lawsuit that the company is secretly recording movements of iPhone and iPad users. Vikram Ajjampur, an iPhone user in Florida, and William Devito, a New York iPad customer, seek a judge’s order barring such data collection.”

Since these devices ask you if it is ok to identify your location, it is a bit of a stretch to claim that the company is “secretly recording” users movements. However the lawsuit does beg the question of how to opt out of this tracking and protect user privacy. Shouldn’t saying no to the iPhone’s request to use your location count as an opt out?

Publish date: April 26, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT