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27,000 SOUTH KOREANS SUE APPLE OVER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS

In addition to a privacy-based class action in Florida, Apple is now facing a class action filed in South Korea over concerns that various iPhones, iPads, and iPods violate S. Korea’s privacy laws. The essence of the suit is that Apple devices collect and transmit to Apple information which can be used to track the users movements, or at least what cell tower or hotspot they were nearest to at any given time in the last year. The Korean Communication Commission already announced it would fine Apple 3 million ‘won’ (Korean currency) which comes out to about $3,000. However, with 27,000 S. Koreans seeking 1 million won each in the class action, that will come out to over $26 million, and more may join the suit by the end of the month. While it won’t be until fall that the first hearing in this case is likely to happen, Apple has been the subject of numerous legal woes since it was revealed in April that information on iPhone users’ movements can be tracked and stored for up to a year, even when location services on the device are turned off.

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John G. Nowakowski, Esq. (LLMT), is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Christina R. Evola, Esq. is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where her studies focused on intellectual property, antitrust, and media law. She is a lifelong gamer and avid cosplayer. DISCLAIMER: ‘Nerds in Court’ is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing should be construed as legal advice, or any advice for that matter, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by reading these posts. Do not consider information provided here as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified, licensed attorney in your state.

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