Chris Marshall reports:
Apple may be liable for sending unauthorized iPhone user information to the third parties behind applications, but the application developers are in the clear, a federal judge ruled.
The plaintiffs in the consolidated class action have sufficiently showed that Apple was responsible for transmitting the personal information of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to the application companies, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found.
Apple and the developers faced claims of having violated consumers’ privacy rights by letting third-party applications that run on Apple devices collect and profit from users’ personal information without their knowledge. The class alleges computer fraud, invasion of privacy, conversion and many other statutory violations.
Related: Judge Koh’s opinion (44 pp.)