A $ 5 billion class action is filed against Apple in Northern California. The lawsuit states that "Apple sells, leases, transfers and / or otherwise disclose, to various third parties, information that reflects the music that customers purchase from the iTunes Store program that comes pre-installed on their iPhones. The data Apple describes includes their names and home addresses Customers. "
It will be most interesting to see how Apple will respond to the claims against it. It is very hard to believe that Apple is behind such an arrangement as it would blow its moral attitude to privacy out of the water and delight many Apple fans worldwide.
Cook stated in a speech on privacy in Europe last October: "We at Apple are in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States. There and everywhere, it should be rooted in four key rights: First, the Court to minimize personal information Companies should challenge themselves to de-identify customer data ̵
Below is information from the court case on this case related to what the plaintiffs require in monetary terms.
Causes of Action
Count 1 : EQUIPMENT OF RIVRPA (Rhode Island Law on Video, Audio and Publishing Lessor)  Count 2 : EQUIPMENT OF MIPPPA
Count 3 : UNJUST ENRICHMENT
Under the segment of the lawsuit with the title "Case of Nature", it says in part: "In early 2019, in an attempt to capitalize on recent disclosures about data sharing practices by its competitors Facebook, Inc. and Google LLC, Apple Inc. (" Apple ") placed one massive billboard in Las Vegas, Nevada, which exploits its prerequisites for consumer positions on privacy issues:
The statement on billboard is clearly false because – as it will be explained in detail below – none of the music information you buy on the iPhone, remain on your iPhone.
To supplement their revenue and improve the formidability of the brand in the eyes of mobile application developers, vendors, rents, transmitters and / or Apple otherwise explains to various third parties information reflecting the music that customers purchase from the iTunes Store application that comes pre-installed on their iPhones . The data Apple describes includes the full names and home addresses of their customers, along with the genres and, in some cases, the specific titles of the digitally recorded music that customers have purchased through the iTunes Store, and then stored in their Apple Music libraries (collectively "Personal") Listing Informa After Apple has revealed their customers' personal training information, the various third party recipients of this data add a myriad of other categories of personal information related to Apple's customers – such as gender, age, household income, education background, and marital status – just to resell the personal listing information (enhanced by various categories of demographic data) to other third parties in the open market.
Rhode Island resident Leigh Wheaton gives this action legal and fair remedies to rectify and stop Apple's illegal actions by hand over their personal listening information third parties and all other similarly located Rhode Island residents who purchased music from Apple on their iTunes Store platform, in violation of Rhode Islands Video, Audio and Publishing Rental Privacy Act ("RIVRPA").
In addition, Michigan residents Jill Pau I and Trevor Paul, individually and on behalf of everyone else who is the same, bring this action to court remedies to correct Apple's illegal actions by extraditing to third parties , between May 24, 2016 and July 30, 2016, their personal listening information and like any other similar Michigan resident who purchased music from Apple on their iTunes Store platform, in violation of Microsoft's Privacy Act ("MIPPPA").
Apple has sold, rented, transferred and / or otherwise released e-mail information from the plaintiffs and millions of its other customers to developers of various mobile applications available for download in the App Store, as well as for data aggregators, data appendices, data cooperatives, list brokers and other third parties many of which have in turn rendered the plaintiffs and the other unnamed class members Personal Listening Information n to other third parties for further exploitation and revenue recognition – all without giving notice or Get the necessary consent from someone. Such disclosures invaded the privacy of the owner and the anonymous class members and resulted in a blockage of junk mail to their home addresses and email inbox.
Rhode Island RIVRPA and Michigan MIPPPA clearly prohibit what Apple has done.
Thus, while Apple deserves well from its unauthorized sale, rental, transfer and / or disclosure of the customer's personal listening information, it does so at the expense of customers' privacy and statutory rights because Apple does not disclose the sole written consent of the customer. from their customers before they reveal their personal listening information.
Apple's disclosure of the personal information of the plaintiffs and the other non-named class members was not only illegal, they were also dangerous because such information provides the opportunity to target particularly vulnerable members of society. For example, any person or entity can rent a list of the names and addresses of all unmarried, college-educated women over the age of 70 with a household income of over $ 80,000 who purchased Apple music from their iTunes Store mobile application. Such a list is available for sale for about $ 136 per thousand customers listed.
On behalf of themselves and the alleged classes defined below, plaintiffs file this complaint against Apple for the deliberate and unlawful disclosure of their personal listening information, a lot, in violation of RIVRPA and MIPPPA, as well as for unfair enrichment. "
In addition to the lawsuit, the following claim is presented and presents a graphic as follows:" These factual statements are confirmed by publicly available evidence. For example, as shown on the screen below, personal listening information is offered for 18 188 721 & # 39; iTunes and Pandora Music Purchasers & # 39;, residing in the United States (including in Michigan and Rhode Island), on the Carney Direct Marketing "CDM Web site. "- one of many traffickers of this type of personal listening information – at a basic price of $ 80 / M [per thousand records] & # 39; (8 cents each): & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;
4 Wheaton et al. v. Apple Inc document presented in the lawsuit May 24, 2019 “border =” 0 “class =” asset asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5580826970c0240a48999f4200d bilde full img-responsive “src =” https://www.patentlyapple.com /.a/6a0120a5580826970c0240a48999f4200d-800wi “style =” display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; “title =” 4 Wheaton et al. v. Apple Inc-dokument som er presentert i søksmålet 24 mai 2019 “/>
For more information on this matter, review the entire class action procedure
Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul and Trevor Paul vs. Apple Inc. et al. v. Apple Inc "border =" 0 "class =" aktiva-asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5580826970c0240a4899a0b200d image-full img-responsive "src =" https://www.patentlyapple.com/.a/6a0120a5580826970c0240a4899a0b200d-800wi " style = "display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; "title =" 5 quick overview Wheaton et al. by Apple Inc "/>