Privacy Law

Woman Sues Apple Over Smart Devices, Says She Never Agreed to Have Location Data Tracked and Stored

In a legal case that could become a class action, a Canadian woman has sued Apple Inc., contending that she and her son did not consent, when they purchased or were given an iPhone and iPod, to have their location data tracked and stored.

Anyone with “moderate computer knowledge” could obtain data from the devices that shows where she was for up to a year or more, plaintiff Amanda Ladas contends in the suit she filed in British Columbia’s supreme court. Alleging violations of her privacy and security rights and “deceptive acts or practices” by the electronics giant, it seeks compensatory and punitive damages, the Vancouver Sun reports.

Apple apparently hasn’t commented on the lawsuit, but the Mac Observer says a bug in the iOS 4 operating system that Ladas’ devices apparently are running is correctable with free upgrades.

A press release and a Stockhouse post provide further details.about the suit, which was filed by Ganapathi and Co. of Vancouver.

Related coverage: “It Isn’t Necessarily Big Brother, But Somebody Is Potentially Watching, Virtually All the Time” “Lawyer Documents Her Data Trail, Revealing Corporate Role in Daily Lives” “New Facebook Program Matching Users, Brick-and-Mortar Retail Data Sparks Complaint to FTC” “Report: Verizon Sells Smartphone App Usage, Browsing and Location Data; Critics Claim Wiretap Issues”

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