The gift to modern high-tech computing, Apple has seen off a court challenge from those who sought to screw the company out of money over its rightful use of data.
The game-changing outfit was sued by those who felt that it should not be allowed to collect and make use of personal information without user consent or knowledge.
The plaintiffs claimed that that Apple had lied when it made public statements about protecting user privacy. It was just because the superior design of its iOS system permitted apps that subject consumers to privacy exploits and security vulnerabilities.
They claimed that Apple devices allow apps to track users by using the address book, phone numbers, file system, geolocation, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI), keyboard cache, photographs, SIM card serial number, and unique device identifier (UDID).
Apple users were not told about this tracking, the company used this information and Apple did not take any action to prevent tracking and use of information.
But Judge Koh destroyed the complaint saying that the plaintiffs’ were not able to be specific enough and couldn’t prove that it happened to any one.
This is because the complaint sprang from a news story rather than a specific event. Without this, it is impossible to prove that anyone had been harmed. Anyway Judge Koh said Apple might have a good robust defence in its end user agreement.
According to Ars Technica, US courts don’t think that customers suffer if anonymous information is just collected. Still High-Fives for Apple’s legal team there. Apparently there is a new iPhone 5 out, we guess the world will start queueing for that any day now.