Feb 212011
 February 21, 2011  Posted by  Business, Court

Steve Satterfield writes:

For the fourth time in the past two months, Apple has been sued for allegedly violating the privacy of iPad and iPhone users.  Like the previous three suits (two of which we discussed in this post), Rodimer v. Apple, Inc. [PDF] alleges that Apple transmitted “personal information,” including Unique Device IDs (“UDIDs”) to application developers, who, in turn, shared the information with mobile advertising networks.  The complaint, filed this past Tuesday in California federal court, names a number of application developers–including The New York Times Co., Pandora Media, and National Public Radio–as well as several mobile advertising firms.

Although the 92-page complaint is long on detail, it may come up short at the motion-to-dismiss stage given that it does not appear to allege sufficiently that the defendants’ acts caused any injury to the plaintiffs.  The closest the complaint comes to alleging injury is its discussion of the lead plaintiff’s “belief” that after accessing certain applications on his iPhone, the device’s UDID was transmitted to application developers and their advertising affiliates.

Read more on Covington & Burling InsidePrivacy.

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