Lawsuit claims apps can transmit personal data without consent.
An American man has sued iDevice maker Apple claiming that iPhone and iPad applications can transmit personal information without the consent of the user.
Bloomberg reports that a class action lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in San Jose, California on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles Country. The plantiff claims that the Unique Device Identifiers, which give each device it’s own personal ID that cannot be blocked, changed or deleted, can be manipulated to transmit and track individual usage habits.
”Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users’ location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views,” according to the complaint.
Apps like Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Dictionary.com are named as co-defendants. If the class-action is granted, users who downloaded the app from December 1 2008 and last week will be able to join the lawsuit.
Apple has yet to respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment, at the time of writing.