A California judge this week ruled that a program-related secrecy case against Apple can carry on, but found that claims against others and Google can be dismissed.
Apple must defend itself against charges that its apparatus allowed third-party apps use and to unlawfully collect for commercial purposes its users’ private advice, California district Judge Lucy Koh ruled yesterday. The judge, however, lost similar charges against Google, Bustle, AdMarval, Medialets, and the Google-owned AdMob.
The judge did dismiss several sections of the case against Apple, including claims that its practices violated the Wiretap Act, but Cupertino will still face charges that it violated the Unfair Competition Law and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
The case wraps together multiple suits which have been filed against Apple amidst allegations that it mishandled users’ personal data.
In Dec. 2010, for example, Jonathan Lalo sued Apple for allowing ad networks to monitor an user’s app task. That came after a Wall Street Journal study examined 101 cellular applications and found that iPhone apps distribute data without that was more personal the users’ permission than Android programs.
That prompted concerns that anyone who looked at that data, and Apple, could monitor your location. Apple afterwards said iOS 4 devices captured so much data due to a “bug,” which was fixed via iOS 4.3.3.
On the secrecy problem, each of which was joined into one suit managed by Judge Koh, 19 lawsuits were filed in total. In September, the litigation was dismissed by her, but gave the plaintiffs an opportunity to appeal. They did, and the determination of this week is based on that updated charge, based on Reuters.
The plaintiffs alleged in their own suit that its devices were designed by Apple to let mobile advertising and analytics firms, like Google and its co-defendants, gather personal data through free app downloads. Among the advice gathered were users’ sex, time code, age, ZIP code, and program-specific information performed on the apparatus.
Koh said in the suit that there “is some ambiguity” as to whether Apple’s user arrangements protected the business from liability. The opinion that Apple cannot control third parties, meanwhile, is contradictory because Apple says “it takes precautions to protect consumer privacy,” and because the suit says Apple handed over that data to app machines.
“Although the programs at issue in this litigation are supplied for free, Plaintiffs claim that they in fact pay a price for the usage of the ‘free’ programs because these Apple-approved apps allow their personal father to be collected from their iDevices,” the suit said.
Apple made several important statements at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) but one of the most insidious was its widely anticipated move to establish Maps, the company’s homespun mapping and GPS navigation service.
The program that is upgraded marks the very first time the iPhone may have free, voice -enabled GPS navigation. In addition, it includes real-time traffic, crowd Yelp integration, – sourced traffic data (hello Waze), Siri support, and the potential to function in the lock display. In a move to match Google, Apple can be working on 3D modeling for buildings and terrain data, which it’s going to get by flying airplanes over U.S. cities.