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Suit: Sharing Device IDs Violates Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 17, 2011

MediaPost reports on the most recent potential class-action suit against Apple and 11 outside companies for allegedly violating the privacy of iPhone and iPad users. The suit is the fourth case of its kind and was filed in U.S. District Court in California on Tuesday. It alleges the company violated federal and state laws and contends that users did not authorize Apple to share their devices' unique identifiers with application developers and other parties. However, the report states, it remains to be seen "whether courts will rule that transmitting a unique device number--as opposed to a name or street address--raises any privacy issues."
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