B.C. woman sues Apple over iPhone data
Claims her location data is collected and accessible without her permission
A B.C. woman is suing Apple Inc. alleging the company has violated the privacy and security of users of its iPhones, iPads and iPods that are using the iOS4 operating system.
Amanda Ladas, of Surrey, has filed the lawsuit under the Class Proceedings Act in Supreme Court of B.C. Ladas’s claim alleges that in addition to the violation of security and privacy, Apple has "engaged in deceptive acts or practices" that entitle her and anyone who joins the suit "to aggravated, punitive and/or exemplary damages."
Ladas said in a release Tuesday that she is concerned that, without her permission, anyone with moderate computer knowledge can find out where she’s been.
According to a report by digital forensics technologist Francis Graf, whose report is filed with the lawsuit, Ladas’s iPhone 4 contains location data, going back approximately one year, which was easily accessible using free tools readily available on the internet.
Ladas claims that she did not consent to having her information tracked, collected and stored when she purchased and activated her iPhone.
Owners of Apple products can use more up-to-date operating systems, such as iOS5, released in October 2011 and iOS6, which was released in September.
It is estimated that there are between two to seven million users of Apple devices in Canada using the iOS4 operating system, including Ladas and her son, the release says.
None of Ladas’s claims have been proven in court.
Apple Inc. has not yet filed a response to the claims Ladas has made.