- On December 23, 2010, a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple and five application developers (including Pandora and the Weather Channel) alleging that the companies illegally transmitted personal information garnered from iPad and iPhone users to advertising networks for tracking purposes. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the defendants used the Unique Device Identifier (UDID), which is found in every iPad and iPhone, to track which applications users downloaded, how frequently they used the applications, and for how long. The suit further alleges that some developers are selling additional information to third parties, including the device user’s location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and political views. The lawsuit includes claims for violations of federal computer fraud and privacy laws, and seeks class-action status for Apple customers who downloaded an application on their iPhone or iPad between December 1, 2008, and December 23, 2010. Lalo v. Apple, Inc., No. 5:10-cv-05878 (N.D. Cal., filed Dec. 23, 2010).
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