Apple forced into South Korean privacy pay-out

Apple has had to dish out the dough to a man in South Korea.

The company has, we assume, begrudgingly had to pay out $950 (one million won) in compensation over that controversial iPhone “feature” which can track the location of users.

The money was handed to iPhone user and lawyer Kim Hyung-Suk, who won a court case against Apple in April.

At the time, he complained to a court in the southern city of Changwon that the feature infringed on his privacy rights and had caused him “psychological stress.”

The courts obviously felt for him because they ruled in his favour. However, Apple Korea must also have thought he had a point because according to the India Economic Times, it apparently didn’t raise any objections.  

However, the ruling may give Apple more grief, paving the way for more complaints.

Just three days after the chancing lawyer won his compensation, other iPhone users in South Korea filed a joint suit against Apple.

They claimed that the company traced and stored geographical data from its mobile device users in countries such as France and Germany. No verdict has been made yet.

Mr Hyung-Suk is also using his law firm, Mirae Law, to help more people sue the company.

According to Reuters he has set up a website for class action – Sue Apple – which people who consider themselves in a similar boat can sign up to. However, it has temporarily been shut down “due to heavy traffic”.