Apple fined over unauthorized location data

By on July 16, 2011
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Pays $946 to Korean iPhone user

Apple’s overseas division in Korea, Apple Korea, had been ordered in May to pay 1 million won (946 USD to be exact) to a lawyer and to the complainant Kim Hyung-Souk. The Telegraph UK reports that Mirae Law, the firm that had filed the suit 2 months back, had received payment from Apple last month.

The firm is currently preparing a class-action lawsuit against the iPhone and Mac maker giant, and had even set up a  website for sign-ups. Apple had collected location data without users’ consent, which was saved for up to an year.

Apple say they had originally collected data for WiFi hotspot Apps. This data has been collecting in a file found in the iOS operating system that while tracking the user’s location, had all the information unencrypted, giving a clear shot for hackers who would want to use the information for criminal activities. Apple had quickly fixed the bug following the hue and cry raised by iDevice users across the globe.

Even in the US, Apple is being sued by two separate groups, who allege that personal information was being passed to third party advertisers by the company.

Although in this case the amount paid is chump change for the Cupertino giant, it represents a wave of lawsuits that could follow.


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