Apple, Tim Cook and Others Sued Over Alleged NSA/PRISM Privacy Violations

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple, and Tim Cook personally, have been sued by a conservative activist and three others as part of a class action lawsuit [PDF] over alleged privacy violations resulting from the company's supposed participation in the NSA's PRISM intelligence program.

    The plaintiffs have also sued President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA Director Keith Alexander, the NSA itself, the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Skype, AOL, Yahoo, PalTalk, AT&T and Sprint -- and all the CEO's of those companies personally.

    As one of the largest companies in the world, Apple is routinely sued over a wide variety of issues. The company has a large legal teams to handle these lawsuits, though the sheer number of defendants in this case could make for interesting court filings.

    Plaintiff Larry Klayman issued this statement:
    This isn't the only class action lawsuit filed or planned over the PRISM disclosures. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over what he says are "unconstitutional" surveillance programs. Paul wants to get the customers of all the offending companies to join a class action suit and take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The American Civil Liberties Union has also filed a lawsuit, though it is focusing on the Government itself rather than the alleged corporate partners. The suit alleges that the Government's tracking of phone records violates Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

    It's important to note that both Rand Paul and the ACLU are, at least to this point, primarily speaking out about Verizon Business Network Services giving call logs to the NSA for millions of calls both within the United States and abroad. However, both the Verizon/NSA issue and the Apple-related PRISM allegations were revealed on the same day last week and are largely seen as connected in the eyes of most critics.

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    Article Link: Apple, Tim Cook and Others Sued Over Alleged NSA/PRISM Privacy Violations
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    I'm not at all surprised at this action. More to come.
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    If you want to change policy, you sue the government. If you want cash, you sue Apple. Unless I'm mistaken, the other companies have no choice but to comply with federal law.
  5. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2003
  7. macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
  8. macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2012
    So Cal
  9. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    Well, then, this lawsuit has all its bases covered — as it is directed at both the government and the wealthy corporations.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2010
    We need to get Tim Cook out of Apple. He's just causing more and more lawsuits.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    Any company which willingly goes along with terrible gov't regulations to build in gaping wide backdoors to everything in the servers, cell phones, devices, that can activate cams, microphones and track GPS by the second deserves to be sued and lose their consumer confidence.

    I am happy there are people suing every company involved and the gov't.

    For a company to go along with unconstitutional laws, or in some cases FCC regulations, without fighting them, they ought to get hit hard for selling their customers out.
  12. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Too bad the average voter from the "land of the free" is not intelligent enough to vote for Ron Paul...enough said.
  13. Guest

    I think I just heard Tim Cook yawn all the way from Australia.
  14. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Can we first get rid of the CEOs of Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Skype, AOL, Yahoo, PalTalk, AT&T and Sprint? Plus the US president, and a few others?

    You probably didn't notice that Apple has already taken action - in the future, Google will not be asked about any Siri requests anymore, but Microsoft's Bing will be used instead; that should be a significant reduction of privacy risks.
  15. macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Derry, NH
    Solution to life's problems...sue. Sue early, sue often...

    Now I am not dismissing nor agreeing with everything that has transpired in the recent week, but what good is suing going to do? Tim Cook isn't going to lose his house, or be thrown in jail, etc....Apple isn't going to be dissolved, or burdened by this, etc... All that will happen is just lawyers getting money, that is all...and people feeling good that "something" was done about it...
  16. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    3 seconds of fame

    I am a small-time lawyer who want my 3 seconds of fame, let me sue Tim Cook
  17. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    to be sued, you have to break a law
    which law was broken? not like the NSA did this on their own. where did they get the money?
  18. macrumors 6502a

    franswa za

    Mar 24, 2010
    south africa
    think and then again
  19. macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2009
    Sue huge multinational corps, like this is going to get far...
  20. Lark.Landon, Jun 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2013

    macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2012
    So Cal
    You know that insulting people for not* voting for him will make them less likely to vote for him?
  21. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    All the facts are not in yet. Maybe this is an attempt at shining the light of day on the facts. Good luck with that. I have a feeling this suit will die a quiet death at the hands of higher government powers.
  22. macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    Does anyone else see a little bit of "V for Vendetta" in the statement made by the plaintiffs?

    ...and the time has come for We the People to rise up and reclaim control of our nation....
  23. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
  24. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    I'm not sure these companies were actually aware of how this information is obtained. 4 years ago I saw a documentary on cable (can't remember what station, History Channel? Discovery Channel?) about a government program that taps the fiber lines coming into and out of the country. All data is fed through a government computer and is filtered including phone calls. The filter uses key words to narrow down its search. The computer has voice recognition where it takes wavelengths from phone calls and matches the voice to a database.

    Needless to say I can't find any information about it anymore.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
    Oops, they forgot Monsanto on the list of defendants. :D

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