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Lawsuit Concerning iOS Location Tracking Thrown Out Of San Jose Court

Lawsuit Concerning iOS Location Tracking Thrown Out Of San Jose Court

November 28, 2013
Over in San Jose, Calif., a U.S. federal judge has dismissed a case leveled against Apple concerning location tracking in its mobile operating system, iOS. Dating back to 2011, the case claimed that iOS monitors, stores, and transmits users' location even when the iDevice has had its location data switched off in the Settings app. News of the lawsuit's dismissal comes from Reuters, which explains:
The four plaintiffs claimed in 2011 that Apple had violated its privacy policy, saying the iPhone maker had designed its iOS environment to easily transmit personal information to third parties that collect and analyze such data without user consent or detection. They also claimed that they suffered damages by paying too much money for their iPhones and by losing storage space, among other things, according to court documents.
However, a general lack of evidence resulted in the case being thrown out of court. On Monday, Nov. 25, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh indeed dismissed the case. "Plaintiffs must be able to provide some evidence that they saw one or more of Apple's alleged misrepresentations, that they actually relied on those misrepresentations, and that they were harmed thereby," she said in her ruling. This isn't the last we'll hear, though, since this case is part of a nationwide litigation concerning 19 other related lawsuits. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Apple's Black Friday Deals Could Be Gift Card-Oriented, Rather Than Product DiscountsPeggle-Like Papa Pear Saga Bounces Into iOS As King's Next Potential Smash Hit, and Apple's iPhones Make Up 76 Percent Of All New Smartphone Sales In Japan.

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