South Korea Fines Apple for Location Data Collection

Lora Bentley

Remember all the brouhaha when word first got out that Apple was collecting location data from iPhone and iPad users? Presenters at the Where 2.0 conference made the announcement, and immediately lawmakers and privacy advocates were on the case. It wasn't the first time lawmakers in the U.S. had wanted details from Apple on what happened to the data. But it was the first time the general public - and even a lot of users - were made aware that the data was stored.


Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer nine specific questions regarding the company's practices with regard to the data, and then went on to call for two different hearings on privacy issues related to mobile technology. But other than asking for privacy policies from mobile application developers, lawmakers here haven't taken much action.



Regulators in other countries aren't so hesitant, it seems. According to The Wall Street Journal, South Korean regulators - the Korea Communications Commission, to be exact - recently imposed a $2,800 fine on the Cupertino, Calif.-based company for collecting location data from iPhone and iPad users in the country.


Though the fine is not a large one, it sets a precedent for regulators in other countries to consider doing the same. In fact, AFP reports regulators in France are also looking closely at Apple's location data practices.

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