Apple Hit With Lawsuit Alleging iPhone and iPad Apps Send Users’ Personal Info to Ad Networks

Dec 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Apple is accused in a lawsuit filed Dec. 23 of allowing applications for iPhones and iPads to send users’ personal information to advertising networks without the users’ consent, reports Bloomberg News.

The complaint was filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., and is seeking class action status, the story notes. The suit says Apple’s devices include identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track which apps users download, as well as how frequently and for how long they’re used.

“Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users’ location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views,” the suit claims.

It’s filed on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County and cites apps such as Pandora and the Weather Channel, which are named as defendants with Apple, the story notes. The complaint says that Apple claims it reviews all apps sold through its App Store and doesn’t allow them to transmit user data without customer permission.

An Apple spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, the article notes.

8 Comments

  1. So they rip you off in the overall price of the product… block you from common sues like “Flash, etc”… and profit on the other end by selling you out.
    Nice one, Apple! And I am an I-Pad owner. I know there is minimal expectation of privacy overall on portions of the internet but this goes way overboard. Where do I sign up to become a part of the class???

  2. So they rip you off in the overall price of the product… block you from common sues like “Flash, etc”… and profit on the other end by selling you out.
    Nice one, Apple! And I am an I-Pad owner. I know there is minimal expectation of privacy overall on portions of the internet but this goes way overboard. Where do I sign up to become a part of the class???

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