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Apple sued again over location data


Apple is facing another lawsuit over its handling of location data, according to a report from The Loop. The latest complaint was filed by Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Rivera is asking for monetary damages stemming from Apple's alleged practice of capturing both the device ID and location of a handset and sending it to third-party advertisers. Besides Apple, Diaz also cites The Weather Channel and Pandora in the suit.

The suit also names 10 'John Doe' defendants. This tactic is used in lawsuits when the plaintiff believes there are more targets to sue, but can't name them specifically until after the suit is filed or after the discovery process. This means there could easily be additional companies targeted by the same suit later on.

Apple is also facing an earlier lawsuit and a congressional investigation into its usage of location data stored on the iPhone. Apple confirmed in an FAQ and testified before Congress that location data is necessary for services such as local search and is not being used to track individuals.

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