April 26, 2011
Two men have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the location-based services provided in iOS 4. The practice puts users at a serious risk of privacy invasions and stalking, they argued.
“Apple collects the location information covertly, surreptitiously, and in violations of law,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Florida district court.
The issue of iPhone tracking made headlines last week when two researchers published a blog post that said iOS 4+ devices collect a users’ location in an unencrypted file known as “consolidated.db.” It’s no secret that Apple collects this data to serve up location-based services, but the researchers were concerned that this information is stored in an insecure manner, and transferred to a user’s PC when they sync their iOS device.