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iPhone location-tracking lawsuit against Apple is dismissed

28
Nov
2013

Back in 2011 Apple faced a minor uproar when it was discovered that the iPhone maintained a cache of Wi-Fi network and cell tower location data to help the device locate itself faster than GPS alone would. The development came on Monday, and covered two different sets of claims: the first was that Apple had allegedly designed iOS to make it easy to transmit iPhone users personal information to third-party app developers, without approval or consent — something the plaintiffs said wasnt in line with Apples privacy policy. The reassurances in the policy were a big reason why they chose the iPhone, they argued, and given the actual behavior Apple had essentially tricked them into overpaying. Apples software license agreements in 2011 stated that no location information would be collected and sent to Apple servers if Location Services were turned off in the Settings app, but starting with iOS 4.1 the iPhone did in fact build a database of Wi-Fi network and cell tower locations on the device and send it to Apple even when Location Services were deactivated.

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