27,000 Korean iPhone Users 'iRate' Over Location Tracking
Apple's latest legal drama is a £15m class action law suit from over 27,000 iPhone users in South Korea who are claiming invasion of privacy.
- (1888PressRelease) August 23, 2011 - The mobile industry cannot seem to stay out of the courts these days. Apple's latest legal drama is a £15m class action law suit from over 27,000 iPhone users in South Korea who are claiming invasion of privacy after finding their devices were storing a hidden log of their movements.
It was revealed back in April by researchers, O'Reilly Radar, that iPad 3G and iPhones running iOS4 could be tracking their users movements. They found that the iPhone and iPad 3G and backups on users' computers contained detailed location information, including latitude, longitude, and time stamps showing where the mobile devices have been. In addition, the information was unencrypted and unprotected, and could be left on any machine you've synced with your iOS device.
It's not first time Apple has been in the courts about privacy concerns with law suits filed in the US but this latest litigation stems from a successful outcome in May, when Kim Hyung-souk, a Korean lawyer working for Mirae Law won damages of 1M WON (£586) from Apple for unauthorised data collection on his iPhone. Despite Apple releasing a software update that same month to "fix the bug", the law firm decided to prepare a class action law suit against Apple by encouraging aggrieved iPhone users to sign up via a website.
The company will use the country's Internet litigation service to file the suit for 26,691 out of the total 27,612 iPhone users who joined the action which would mean a total payout of more than £15.2m if their claim is successful and could establish a legal precedent in law courts around the world.
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