Apple Suit Over iPhone Privacy Thrown Out of Court


U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a consumer lawsuit brought against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that alleged that the iPhone maker violated user privacy by allowing third parties to collect personal information through iOS-based devices, Reuters reports. According to the court filing, the plaintiffs also alleged that “as a result of Apple’s misrepresentations regarding its privacy and data collection practices, Plaintiffs both overpaid for their iPhones and suffered diminishment to their iPhones’ battery, bandwidth, and storage ‘resources.’”

The four plaintiffs originally filed a complaint against Apple in 2011 that claimed the California-based company knowingly violated consumers’ privacy by designing iOS in such a way that apps could track users and collect their personal information. According to the court filing, the original complaint was dismissed before being amended and refiled.

In the lawsuit, plaintiffs pointed out that Apple continued to collect geolocation information from their iPhones even after they turned off the “global Location Services setting” on their devices. According to the plaintiffs, this practice violated their privacy and used up their iPhone “resources.” However, Apple claimed that the practice was unintentional and was due to a “software bug” that it fixed in later versions of iOS.