Two groups of iPhone and
iPad users are suing Apple saying apps for the gadgets leak personally
The groups want to stop personal data being passed around
without owners being notified or compensated.
Apple is just one of six application makers being pursued by
the two groups of consumers.
The legal firm putting together one class action lawsuit said
it might also take action against Google over data leaking from Android
Backflip Studios, the Weather Channel, Dictionary.com and
others were named in court papers supporting the lawsuits.
The papers allege that many applications collect so much
personal data that users can be individually identified. This is despite
Apple operating a policy that allows data to be shared with third
parties only if an app requires the information to keep running.
The complainants said many firms, including advertisers, were
managing to track and identify individuals via the unique device ID
Apple assigns to every gadget. Apple does not do enough to enforce its
Apple has yet to respond to requests for comment.
The law firm behind one of the class action lawsuits said it
was considering whether to prepare a case against Google, saying that
many Android applications leak personal data too.
Despite the filing of separate lawsuits, some experts suggest
the court cases will not succeed.
"If this were a major issue, all web browsers would have to
shut down and there would not be any advertising on the internet," Trip
Chowdhry, Global Equities research analyst, told Reuters.