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Company, Mobile App Developers Defend Practices

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 20, 2012

MediaPost News reports that Apple wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by iPhone and iPad users who allege that their privacy was violated when the devices' unique identifiers were shared with app developers and their affiliates. Last year, a class-action lawsuit was filed on similar grounds but was dismissed because users did not prove harm. In the latest case, plaintiffs claim that, had they known the data would be shared, they would not have paid as much for the devices and that the transfer of the data--including gender, age and searches performed--consumed battery power, storage and bandwidth. Apple says its privacy policy states it has the "right to collect, use and transfer" the data. Meanwhile, mobile developers call the new suit "an amorphous policy critique and generalized grievance about the core business model of the mobile application industry as a whole..." 
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