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Court Orders $1M Payment for Collecting Data Without Consent

PRIVACY LAW—KOREA

July 14, 2011

Reuters reports that a mobile phone user has received compensation from a mobile phone company for its collection of location data without consent. Apple released a software update in May to prevent its mobile devices from collecting and storing such data, but a court has ordered Apple Korea to pay $1 million in compensation to an iPhone user whose data was collected. This is "the first payout by the U.S. company over these complaints," the report states, noting the plaintiff's law firm is now planning a class-action lawsuit against the company.
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