Apple sued over iPhone GPS tracking

— 6:00 AM on April 26, 2011

Well, you had to know that was coming. As Bloomberg reports, Apple has been sued over the iPhone GPS information retention that came to light last week.

Officially, Apple claims (PDF) that iPhone GPS information is, in certain cases, gathered anonymously and transmitted to its servers in an encrypted fashion. Apple also says the information isn't retained. However, as developers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed recently, iPhones keep an unprotected record of everywhere they've been on the devices themselves.

According to Bloomberg, the two folks who filed the lawsuit against Apple on April 22—Vikram Ajjampur and William Devito—go one step further. They claim Apple is "secretly recording movements of iPhone and iPad users."

"We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple is now basically tracking people everywhere they go," Aaron Mayer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said today in a telephone interview. "If you are a federal marshal, you have to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple is doing it without one."

As you might expect, the plaintiffs are pushing for their lawsuit to receive class-action status. If they succeed, just about any iPhone or iPad user in the United States could be represented—and receive a part of the settlement, if settlement there is.

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