More Privacy Problems with iPhone Apps

Lora Bentley

Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over third-party iPhone applications, according to The Mac Observer.


In his suit, filed in San Jose, Calif., Anthony Chiu argues that the applications violate state business and privacy laws because they collect devices' unique identifier numbers, which can be traced back to individual owners. Moreover, Chiu claims the app developers can download users' Web browsing history without their consent each time an app is launched or an in-app ad is clicked.


Attorneys representing Chiu indicate there are disclosure and contract-based claims in the suit as well.


But perhaps most interesting, at least from the app developer's perspective, is that Apple is not the only defendant in the action. There are also 50 "as yet unnamed defendants," which may indicate that those app developers could soon find themselves in court, too.


Similar suits filed in San Diego in December allege that various iPhone and iPad applications not only collect users' personal information, but transmit that information to advertising networks without user consent. Those plaintiffs are currently seeking class action certification.

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Mar 23, 2011 9:07 AM apple iphone 3g accessories apple iphone 3g accessories  says:

I think the application developers would be in some troble .. even the owner of the application might face some lawcharges taht are really scary the company might loose money in millions


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