Judge shreds, dismisses iPhone privacy class-action



From time to time, we will be running posts from Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog. Sometimes they will look similar to other articles appearing on Ars; other posts will be more “bloggy” in nature. This is one of the latter.

In re iPhone Application Litigation, 11-MD-02250-LHK (N.D. Cal.; Sept. 20, 2011)

iPhone users sued Apple and various advertising networks, alleging that defendants violated their privacy rights “by… allowing third party applications that run on [iOS devices] to collect and make use of… personal information without user consent or knowledge.” The court dismisses the claims, but grants leave to amend. 

Judge Koh’s order has the feel of a professor grading an exam, and it covers a lot of ground, including many cases we’ve blogged about. (It’s well worth the read.)

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