Apple Sued By 27,000 South Koreans For Tracking User Locations

Michael Convente August 18, 2011 0

This past April it was revealed that Apple had been storing GPS location data on iPhones and iPads, causing an massive uproar about user privacy that reached all the way to Congress.  Apple distanced itself from the claims of spying, stating the data was merely details about cell tower and wi-fi network connections.  Nevertheless, Apple released an update of iOS, fixing a glitch that sent the above data to Apple's servers in addition to having the data automatically deleted after seven days.

Though things seemed to have calmed down in the United States, a growing group of South Koreans have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple for the GPS tracking incident.  The plantiff group, currently numbered at 27,000, are claiming an infringement on their privacy rights and alleged emotional distress from the incident.

Each plantiff is seeking $1 million won, which is approximately $930 US.  With a plaintiff group numbering 27,000, the total value of damages comes to $26 million US, which is not a trivial amount, even though Apple has billions in cash stashed away.

So far, there hasn't been any statement released from Apple, as a spokesperson for the company declined to comment.

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