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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Apple Pays $946 in Korean Lawsuit Over Location Data Collection, New Class Action Suit Coming




Reuters reports that Apple's Korean unit has paid out the equivalent of $946 after losing a lawsuit over the company's collection of iPhone location data. The judgment was issued in May, and Apple is said to have made the payment last month.
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Apple Inc's Korean unit has paid compensation to a user of its popular iPhone after collecting location data without consent, lawyers and court officials said, the first payout by the U.S. company over these complaints.

In May, Apple Korea was ordered by the court to pay 1 million won ($946) in compensation to Kim Hyung-suk, a lawyer, two officials at Changwon District Court told Reuters on Thursday.
Emboldened by the successful lawsuit, Kim's law firm is now preparing a class action lawsuit over the location issue, and a website set up at sueapple.co.kr to allow interested users to sign on to the lawsuit has been overwhelmed by traffic.




Several lawsuits have already been filed in the United States over the issue, which was cast into the public light by independent researchers back in April. Apple responded to the controversy one week later, clarifying that the observed location data was actually nearby cell tower and access point data being downloaded to users' iPhones to assist with geolocation rather than the devices' actual locations as defined by GPS. Apple did, however, acknowledge several bugs in the way the location data was being handled, and addressed those issues with iOS 4.3.3 in early May.

Article Link: Apple Pays $946 in Korean Lawsuit Over Location Data Collection, New Class Action Suit Coming
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Fair enough, if Apple broke Korean law then they should face the consequences. Simple.

Don't know how you quantify the amounts. 1 million won seems a bit arbitrary, unless it is a fine laid down by statute.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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Ok. They were tracked. But what harm was caused to justify a payout?
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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$946! Hahahaaha!

They should have made Steve Jobs sit in the court personally, so after the Judge passed the decision, he could sit up, dig out his wallet and say "I think I've got that much in here".
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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...Apple Korea was ordered by the court to pay 1 million won ($946)...
Okay, gentlemen. Here's the plan:

We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for...

One MILLION Korean Won!

*cue evil laughter*
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:45 AM   #6
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Hmm, I could use the $946. A new pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and an iPad 2.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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Koreans are all sour losers.
I might wonder if it could be lawyers seeking to profit here, not a racial thing? Just thinking out loud...
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:46 AM   #8
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I thought the purpose of collecting the data was for operating purposes (i.e. it has a legitimate purpose). Was this found not to be the case?

No bother. SJ will confiscate all iPhones from Korea by months end
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Release the dogs!!!!

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I might wonder if it could be lawyers seeking to profit here, not a racial thing? Just thinking out loud...
you do have to wonder how much of that money went straight to the Lawyers...
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:48 AM   #11
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Damn. I bet apple is flat out broke now.
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Ok. They were tracked. But what harm was caused to justify a payout?
They were NOT tracked. It was a cache on your own device.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:48 AM   #13
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The Data Collection lawsuit has cry babies written all over it. If your afraid apple is secretly watching your every step (which they are not), throw your iPhone away.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:50 AM   #14
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The Data Collection lawsuit has cry babies written all over it. If your afraid apple is secretly watching your every step (which they are not), throw your iPhone away.
Ahhh... throw all cell phones away! You're tracked just by owning one.

This is so silly and now the vultures are just going to try and cash in. And I thought us Americans were bad about suing.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:51 AM   #15
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When i fist saw the title i thought it was like $946 thousand or something but its just $946 lol
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:52 AM   #16
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The Data Collection lawsuit has cry babies written all over it. If your afraid apple is secretly watching your every step (which they are not), throw your iPhone away.
For just short of a thousand bucks a go, there might be a lot of iPhone users out there prepared to play cry baby.
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1 Million Won to EVERY iOS user in Korea will add up to a hefty hole in SJ pocket. Personally I find this more ridiculous than the "broken Glass" lawsuit. But I am no lawyer, I am sane.
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you do have to wonder how much of that money went straight to the Lawyers...
100%... the guy suing was a lawyer... now he's organizing a class action suit so he can really cash in.

Absolutely insane!
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that's going to wreak havoc on the earnings call next week....
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:55 AM   #21
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I am not sure I understand. Apple did NOT collect the data on their servers, right? It was only saved in an unencrypted file locally on your own computer?

If Apple has to pay $946 to every iPhone 4 user they will go bankrupt. I would imagine this was a huge screwup by their Korean unit, and Apple HQ will be stepping in aggressively to fix this.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 10:56 AM   #22
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Those lawyers are scum, give me a break, there was no real privacy issue, and Apple has addressed the issue anyway.
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They call the iPad... 아이패드 or Child Pad !!!!

And who is being childish here?
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 11:03 AM   #24
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$946! Hahahaaha!

They should have made Steve Jobs sit in the court personally, so after the Judge passed the decision, he could sit up, dig out his wallet and say "I think I've got that much in here".
That would be a cruel thing to do - you know Steve only gets $1/year in salary. He'd have to work almost a millennium to pay that off.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 11:04 AM   #25
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A bit silly to see Americans complaining about this, given the infamous sue culture they have themselves.
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