Sunday, February 6, 2011

iPhones transmit personal data, unique user IDs, suit says

From Westlaw News & Insight:
Devices that run Apple’s iPhone operating system secretly send users’ personal information to advertisers, according to a putative class-action lawsuit filed in a California federal court.

Plaintiff Anthony Chiu sued Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Jan. 27. His 10-count complaint includes allegations of invasion of privacy; breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and violations of California consumer protection laws and the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2701.

Chiu hopes to lead a nationwide class of all iOS device users who have downloaded and used an application from Apple’s App Store.
The case is Chiu et al v. Apple Inc., No. 11-CV-407-HRLU.S, District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs are represented by Jeff S. Westerman and Sabrina S. Kim of Milberg LLP in Los Angeles.

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