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Apple Sued Again for Allegedly Tracking You

Apple is facing another lawsuit over its location-based services.

The plaintiff has sued Apple, The Weather Channel and Pandora Media for intentionally intercepting personally identifying information, The Loop reported.

In the lawsuit seeking monetary damages and filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz has claimed that Apple captures the Unique Device ID and transmits that information, along with location data, to third-party advertisers, according to the report. Among other claims, the plaintiff alleges abuse, fraud and unfair trade practices.

After being sued last month over allegations that its location-based services pose a risk of privacy invasion and stalking to its customers, Apple stated that it does not track the location of an iPhone.

In a Q&A available on its website, Apple said it has never” tracked the location of a consumers iPhone and has no plans to ever do so.”

The consumer electronics giant clarified that a customers iPhone keeps a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than 100 miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said it cannot locate an iPhone customer based on the Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data.

A class-action lawsuit filed in Florida District Court alleges that Apple collects location information covertly, surreptitiously, and in violations of law,” according to PC Magazine.

The named plaintiffs claim Apples location-based services in the iOS 4 platform pose a risk of privacy invasion and stalking.


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