Apple facing possible $25.6M location suit in Korea

Following the settlement of a Korean lawsuit that targeted location tracking on Apple's iPhone, a new suit coming reportedly aims to bring similar payouts to some 27,800 other iPhone owners.

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Hot on the heels of Apple's $945 legal settlement to a Korean man over location logging behavior in iOS in June, a new suit in the works reportedly seeking class action aims to bring similar settlements to some 27,800 other individuals.

The Korea Herald reports that law firm Miraelaw plans to file the suit against Apple in Korea later this month, once again claiming that the iPhone violated the country's domestic privacy laws. If those listed on the suit end up with a similar payout to the one provided in June, Apple could be facing an overall settlement of 27 billion won, or around $25.6 million dollars.

The June lawsuit that resulted in the $945 legal settlement between Apple and a Korean iPhone owner centered around the iPhone's location database. In a suit filed on April 26, the man alleged that Apple violated his privacy by keeping the record, which Apple detailed in full to the world just a day later. In that note, which took the form of a Q&A on Apple's Web site, as well as press interviews with company executives, Apple maintained that said database was part of a crowd-sourced effort to help iOS devices more quickly and accurately determine their location.

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One noteworthy change since that case is that Apple's made adjustments to how this data is stored. An iOS system software update in early May reduced the size of the data cache and made it so it was no longer backed up to iTunes. Apple also made a fix to the location database so that the location cache is deleted when a user turns off location services. Previously it held onto this data, something the company had referred to as a "bug." Apple's iOS 5 software, which is due out this fall, also encrypts the data stored on the device, along with adding additional toggles to tweak what kind of information location services are privy to.

CNET reached out to Miraelaw for additional details about the suit to see if it addresses the software updates that have gone out since the original case. We also contacted Apple, which does not typically comment on litigation that has not yet been filed. We'll update this post if there's anything to add.

(via TheNextWeb)

 

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