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November 28, 2013

US Judge rejects privacy lawsuit against Apple over data collection

Plaintiffs alleged in 2011 that Apple breached its privacy policy.

By CBR Staff Writer

US judge Lucy Koh has rejected a privacy lawsuit against Apple which alleged that it offensively accumulated and shared its consumers’ personal data.

In 2011, Apple was sued for ‘breaching its privacy policy’, claiming that the design of iOS environment makes it to easily generate personal information to third parties that gather and examine such data without seeking permission from the user.

Koh said: "Plaintiffs must be able to provide some evidence that they saw one or more of Apple’s alleged misrepresentations, that they actually relied on those misrepresentations, and that they were harmed thereby."

Plaintiffs reported in the court documents that the iPhone maker lured them into investing more money for their devices and also lost storage space, among other issues.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs said in an e-mail to Bloomberg that they are disappointed in the decision and working with their clients to assess their options, it is worth noting that Judge Koh denied Apple’s motion in so far as Apple claimed there was no injury.

"The court’s decision did not address the merits of the underlying claims but was limited to the timing of plaintiffs’ review of Apple’s privacy policy," lawyer said.

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