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03-20-2013, 01:44 AM #1
Apple to Possibly Face Sanctions Over Documents in Privacy Suit
A U.S. judge recently scolded Apple for not handing over important documents pertaining to an ongoing privacy suit. The judge even went as far as inviting plaintiffs to level sanctions against Apple for what was called “unacceptable conduct.” The news comes in an in-court report from Bloomberg, which noted that U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal said document production, including emails and employee papers, from Apple had “more than doubled” since he began oversight of the case earlier in March.
In the case, Apple is being accused of collecting and disseminating with third parties, location data from unknowing iPhone users, with tracking allegedly taking place even when device owners specifically disabled the handset’s geo-location features. The Apple counsel had been reprimanded over its lack of discovery compliance before, and on March 6. Judge Grewal ordered the company to come up with a detailed overview of how the documents were collected. The judge specifically required Apple to divulge search terms, dates of searches, individuals subject to searches and the number of documents these searches produced.
Apple Law Ashlie Beringer was told that it “doesn’t sound like you did a lick of work” to double check the efficacy of employees’ document production. In response, Beringer said the Cupertino company had made “Herculean efforts over the last two weeks” to resolve the issue, adding that document production was now complete. According to the publication, Apple has turned over more than 2,000 documents since the jurist’s order.
Source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider