Feeds

Angry S Koreans mass-sue Apple over iPhone tracking

You must pay each of us one meellion won! <cough> £568

The essential guide to IT transformation

Apple is facing legal action from thousands of iPhone users for tracking their movements via their phones' location – and it has already been forced to make one payment on the same issue.

Lawyer Kim Hyung-suk won one million South Korean won – or a disappointing £568.38 – from Apple last month. Or to be precise, Korean authorities gave him ₩1m after they seized it from Apple's local bank account.

Kim set up a website – Sueapple.co.kr – for other people annoyed that Apple had stored their iPhones' location data for a year even if the users had turned off location services.

He has already collected almost 27,000 signatures, according to AP. Apple's local PR refused to comment.

Kim said all 26, 691 people were also seeking 1m won damages because Korean courts do not make crazy US-style awards. He hopes the case will force Apple to take its users' privacy more seriously.

The lawyer said another 921 iPhone users who were under 18 wanted to join but needed their parents' consent first.

The accuracy of the tracking software has been disputed, but even with bugs it can contain a disturbing amount of information.

Apple faces similar cases elsewhere. It responded by promising to delete location data after a week and described the phones' secret phone-home behaviour as a "software bug" which had been fixed by an update. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state
Pre-emptive arrest for pirates in Karnataka
The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal
And our man Corfield is pretty bloody cross about it
Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM
'Not aware' that one IP can hold more than one Website
Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO
Judge Koh refuses Samsung ban for the third time
Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV
And insists on $5 million insurance per motor against accidents
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.