APPLE FACES S.K. PRIVACY LAWSUIT

19 Aug, 2011

Apple faces privacy lawsuit in South Korea.

27,000 South Koreans are set to sue Apple over the collection of location data on iPhones and iPads, claiming that their privacy has been violated and seeking 1m won (£533) each in compensation, according to the BBC.

Apple’s iPhones and iPads can store locations which enable the user’s movements to be mapped. However, it does allow the user to disable the setting.

This follows the news that South Korean communications regulator, Korea Communications Commission, a few weeks ago, ordered Apple’s local operation to pay a 3m won (£1,600) fine for a violation of the country’s location information laws.

South Korea is governed by strict privacy laws; however, if the lawsuit is successful, it could set a precedent for other countries.

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