Apple Faces South Korean Lawsuit over Privacy Violations

Lora Bentley
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While Samsung and Apple battle it out over the intellectual property rights to the design of their respective tablet computers, Apple customers in Samsung's home country are filing a lawsuit of their own.


According to BBC News, 27,000 iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in South Korea claim that Apple violated their privacy when it collected location data from their devices. Each plaintiff is seeking approximately $928 (1 million won) in damages. If the suit is allowed to proceed, it could set a precedent for others like it around the world.


Earlier this month, Korean privacy regulators fined Apple for violating South Korean data privacy laws. The decision is the result of the latest in a string of investigations and hearings into the location data collection practices of Apple and other smartphone makers or service providers. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and the EU are also looking into the privacy implications of location data collection and use.

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