A US District Court Judge recently dismissed a consumer protection lawsuit leveled against Apple that claimed the company inadvertently allowed ad networks to track iOS devices, thus breaching their privacy. Judge Lucy Koh handed down her final ruling in a case involving two California consumer protection laws, saying the four plaintiffs failed to prove they were harmed by any misinterpretation of data privacy on the part of Apple. The following was mentioned in Koh’s ruling:
As Plaintiffs have failed to show that there is a genuine issue of material fact concerning whether any Plaintiff actually relied on any of Apple's alleged misrepresentations, the Court concludes that no Plaintiff has standing to pursue either the iDevice or Geolocation claims.
A motion to turn the case into a class action suit was rendered moot in the decision. The ruling comes as a result of Apple’s request for summary judgment in the case, which is actually a follow-up to a similar complaint thrown out by the same court in 2011. The suit claimed Apple knowingly violated privacy rights by allowing ad networks and apps the ability to track the activity of iPhone and iPad users.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal.
Source: Reuters, Scribd