Apple Sued Over Location-Tracking Scuttlebutt
Two consumers from Tampa, Fla., have filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly committing privacy invasion and computer fraud. The complaint comes after the recent revelation that the Apple iPhone tracks user location data and stores in on the host computer. The complaint was filed in a federal court, though the complainant's demands weren't disclosed. Devices running Google's Android platform perform similar actions and send the data back to Google. No one has yet to sue Google.
The Android defense
Hitur Petar said:...
I wonder if it'll work in court lol. "But your honor, Android does it too..." Good luck apple. As usual, they make excuses that have no merit and don't make any difference regarding their disrespect for customer p
I think the difference is what is being done with the data.
Google tracks user location, has it sent back to them and stores it for a period of time. They use the location database to make more money in advertising.
I don't know why the iPhone stores user data, but it doesn't appear to be stored by Apple or used by them in any way whatsoever.
This does not warrant a lawsuit.
Stirring the pot...
OK, we all know location based services aren't free; data is acquired and sold for market analysis and ultimately creates the revenue streams that pay for this cool stuff.
As I understand it, the difference between what Apple has done vs. Google is that Google uploads data to its servers directly. Other than cookies in your browser or maybe an encrypted cache on your phone (depending on how youâ€™ve set it up) that's pretty much it. It pushes data so far upstream that you basically become a face in a huge crowd - sort of a â€˜safety in numbers thingâ€™. Sure someone can analyze your habits, purchases etc. but thatâ€™s pretty far outside access by any one individual. It...
a) They're unsecured caches of user location in long-term storage on the device.
b) There is no option to opt out of said data collection.
Gladly, for the Android fan like myself, Google has not stepped into either one ...
I do not care to much for this, I have an android, track it all you want. Who gets the information, the government, some stupid add company's?
The only thing that is interesting....
I called it!