Apple pays compensation over iPhone tracking privacy issue

In an interesting case - whose fall-out is being watched with interest by legal professionals the world over - Kim Hyung-suk, a local lawyer, reportedly succeeded in what many observers see as a test case.

According to the Reuters newswire, this is the first case of its type anywhere in the world, and follows on from the widely-reported future surrounding Apple's apparent logging of user location data on the iPhone and iTunes-based data backup resource.

"Kim's law firm, Mirae Law, said Apple made payment last month. Steve Park, a spokesman for Apple Korea declined to comment", said the newswire.

Reuters goes on to say that Mirae Law is was now preparing a class action lawsuit against Apple for the unauthorised data collection and that a website for class action sign-ups has been set up. The site - - is reported to be heavily loaded.

As reported previously by Infosecurity, critics rounded on Apple earlier this year after it emerged that one of the features of iOS 4.0, the then new version of the iPhone and iPad's operating system, was to collate location information based on the GPS and extrapolated WiFi co-ordinates on the handset.

Several privacy groups have criticised Apple and a number of lawsuits are in progress in the US, although the cases could take some time to reach the courts and a final decision.


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