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Suit Alleges Privacy Violations

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 1, 2011

PC World reports that a lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging privacy violations in the way Apple shares information collected from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users with advertisers. The suit, which seeks class-action status, states that the company shares information about browsing history, application use and other personal details without user consent, alleging the result is that application developers can "put a name to highly personal and in many cases embarrassing information derived from app downloading activity and usage, and Internet browsing history, that would otherwise be anonymous." The company previously stated its apps are not supposed to transmit user data without prior permission, the report states.
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