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Got an iPhone? Apple Probably Knows Where You are Right Now

August 1, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

First Facebook knew everything about you, and now Apple knows everywhere you go if you have an iPhone. That is because the arguably too-smart-for-its-own-good phone records your location and users are a little creeped out by it. Therefore, class action lawsuits against Apple have popped-up in Puerto Rico, Florida and Missouri. Ipads also use the tracking software.

The latest lawsuit in Missouri points out that people carry their iPhones with them everywhere they go. According to the complaint, the Apple devices log, record and store users’ locations based on latitude and longitude. In addition, it records the locations along with a timestamp, says the complaint. Apparently, Apple does not tell users about the tracking feature in its service agreement.

Interestingly, the complaint points out those users may not want their employers and spouses to know their whereabouts. It alleges violations of privacy and of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

Just to play devil’s advocate for a second, one instance where the tracking feature might be useful is when locating a missing person. Finding their iPhone could be a key piece of evidence. Even so, the fact that Apple did not inform consumers that it tracks their locations sounds a little rotten to the core.

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida class action attorneys