27,000 South Koreans file lawsuit against Apple

The iPhone has been the target of privacy concerns earlier this year. Today, the phone's maker Apple is dealing with a class action lawsuit filed by a large number people who claim their privacy was violated by owning an iPhone. The Associated Press (via Yahoo) reports that 27,000 South Koreans are taking part in the lawsuit and are asking for a total of $26 million in total damages from the company. That's about $932 per person.

At issue is the discovery earlier this year that Apple was storing the locations of iPhones for up to a year. Since this revelation was made, Apple has claimed it has changed how it handles collecting location data from the iPhone and has also sent a software update that eliminates what it calls a bug that still allowed location info to be sent to Apple even if location features on the phone were turned off. However, those actions were apparently not enough for the people now involved in the new class action lawsuit. The article states that South Korea's regulator, the Korea Communications Commission, also fined Apple earlier this month for violating that country's laws concerning online location info.

Earlier this year Apple decided to settle a similar lawsuit filed by a South Korean citizen, Kim Hyung-suk, for $946. It's possible that the attorneys behind this new class action lawsuit are looking to receive a similar settlement claim against Apple. For its part, Apple itself has yet to comment about this latest legal action against the company.

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Pc_Madness said,
How exactly was their privacy breached? :\

It is written in the article!

At issue is the discovery earlier this year that Apple was storing the locations of iPhones for up to a year. Since this revelation was made, Apple has claimed it has changed how it handles collecting location data from the iPhone and has also sent a software update that eliminates what it calls a bug that still allowed location info to be sent to Apple even if location features on the phone were turned off.

If they win which I don't think they will because of the consequences, it would mean virtually anybody that has had an iPhone in the past few years would be able to claim.

We also need to remember android did the same, but was more honest about it and gave an option of turning it off.

stevember said,

We also need to remember android did the same, but was more honest about it and gave an option of turning it off.

Proof? I have never heard of google storing my location.

SirEvan said,

Proof? I have never heard of google storing my location.

I read it somewhere, ok that is not proof. But the smallest amount of common sense would tell you if Google asking you permission they are going to store the data somewhere for some reason. It is valuable for market research as well are selling it anonymously.

Let's face it Google do not tell you in a manner that most people would notice when they collect data normally. With that said I prefer Google to Apple any day.

Steve your flock of sheep are restless or is the Jobs reality distortion field weakening to a point where mindless apple fans are now able to decern what is really going on

Athlonite said,
Steve your flock of sheep are restless or is the Jobs reality distortion field weakening to a point where mindless apple fans are now able to decern what is really going on

No, the mindless apple fans will continue to support whatever Steve says. What is happening is that as apples market share grows more "normal" users are using apple products and are not putting up with the things that the fan boys would. I have a feeling that we are gonna be hearing alot more of this type of story in the future.

Xenon said,

No, the mindless apple fans will continue to support whatever Steve says. What is happening is that as apples market share grows more "normal" users are using apple products and are not putting up with the things that the fan boys would. I have a feeling that we are gonna be hearing alot more of this type of story in the future.

Good. Maybe it'll force them to tighten up. Apple has been living in the clouds for a long time simply because their OSX platform hasn't been a large target for viruses and other malware thanks to their limited market share. Truth is that anytime any real security tests are thrown at an Apple product there inevitably end up being a lot of holes. Seemingly more than their competition. They've been able to get away with this for a long time but now that they have a hit product (rightfully so I might add), they're now facing the headaches of being mainstream. Headaches they've never had to deal with before. Hopefully in the end they will enforce better coding standards and start thinking about security from the start of a product instead of "security as an afterthought" as they've been doing. I love my iPhone 4 but I also love my privacy.