A Lawsuit In New England Accuses Apple Of Misusing Clients' Personal Information

Posted: Jan 21 2014, 12:19am CST | by , in Rumors | Apple

A lawsuit in New England accuses Apple of misusing clients' personal information
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Three men in Massachusetts filed recently a lawsuit accusing Apple of collecting zip codes of their customers and selling them to third parties

According to Apple Balla the recent law suit against Apple was filed by Jeffrey Scolnick, Adam Christensen, and William Farrell. They claim that they have been forced to reveal their zip codes when they were paying for the purchases in Apple stores by credit cards. This is deemed illegal according to the Unfair Trade Practices Act of Massachusetts. That statute states that it is against the law to force anyone to reveal his or her personal information except what is necessary in order to verify information to credit card companies.

The complaint states that Apple not only gathers personal customers’ information, but it sells it to other parties for profit. They offered a proof by quoting from the company’s privacy policy: "Apple may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Apple to provide products and services, or that help Apple market to customers."

Scolnick, Christensen, and Farrell stated that Apple’s illegal practice caused them harm in a number of ways, such as having to receive unwanted materials from Apple. They are requesting to be recognized as class, representing anyone "from whom Apple requested and recorded personal identification information in conjunction with a credit card transaction occurring in Massachusetts."

Representing that class, they seek $75 per violation, interest, legal expenses, lawyers’ fees, and "such other and further relief as may be just and proper." They also want Apple to be forced to stop gathering zip codes from customers in New England.

The plaintiffs' lawyers tried settling out of court in April, but Apple did not respond.

Apple has not responded to the suit either.

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