Apple fined over location tracking in Korea

Apple fined over location tracking in Korea
Apple's South Korean division has been fined over the location tracking scandal which broke up a couple of months ago, after it was made clear that iDevices collected location data from users for up to a year without proper permission. The fine imposed by the South Korean communications regulator amounts to the the negligible $2,855 (3 million won), but what's more important is that the company is starting to compensate people over the issue. Earlier, Apple settled for nearly $1,000 in compensation to a Korean man for the same issue.

Nearly 27,800 owners of iOS devices are actually plotting a class action suit to fight Apple over location tracking. If lost, the legal battle could mean that Cupertino has to pay some $25.5 million, if we are to judge by the sum of the first lawsuit. The lawsuit is expected to be filed “by next week,” according to the lawyer heading the effort, Kim Hyung-suk.

Meanwhile, Apple has admitted that storing data for a year was a bug it hadn't detected. Now, your iOS device can only collect up to 7 days worth of location data. The collected data is used to help faster establish the location of your device on a map.


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16 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I guess Apple didn't learn from the fiasco that was caused here in the U.S. from this very topic. If Apple knows that this tracking problem is an issue & does nothing to remedy it then I guess this is what happens. I still don't understand how the iPhone stores a year’s worth of data is considered a bug? I would think maybe 7 days would be a bug, but 365 days seems more deliberate than anything else. Apple still up to its old tricks! lol

3. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

I agree, I find this WAY too fishy. Seems like something they would have known about. The deserve to pay that money. This is extremely wrong on apple's part.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its a feature if you like it, and a bug if you dont. yea, the one year mark is a little to specific. if it were like 18 days or some odd number it would be a little more believable.

2. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Apple is getting owned so much.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yea for sure Apple is getting owned here. This is an embarrasment.$2,855 should put a pretty big dent into their operating revenue. This may delay the iPhone 5 even further. Hahaha that's what you get iCrap!!!

4. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Where is the Apple Fanboy like The Miz and taco defending apple?

5. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

They are probably weeping in shame right now

7. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

they dont have s**t to say about it, too much truth

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

rican I didn't know you were a girl? Hey I was born in San Juan, I got family who still lives in Catano! lol What do you know about that? :-)

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I doubt that picture is rican lol

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Why would she put a picture like that then? It looks genuine to me.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

The pic on your profile is that you?

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Touche just like your pic isn't you right? What you think that is rican's girl or some random chick? Who knows rican might be some sexy chick. I believe you should give the benefit of the doubt, hey you could be 100% correct though. There are some sick folks out there. Ohh & yes I am Quickman from Megaman 2 from the glory days of the NES! lol

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and i am Kermit the Frog in real life. Didnt know ya had a celebrity in the midst did ya? lol

9. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

My personal opinion. Apple tracked (and still is tracking, but in a more secret way)iphone users and giving the info to CIA / FBI to fight terrorists. What do you think of this opinon, some discussions ?

15. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Tracking sucks. I am not going to make a giant conspiracy theory here and i don't think my safety was in jeopardy here but it certainly makes me feel uncomfortable. My phone gives me options to turn it off and i hope they work! I do like the find my iPhone app so i am going to keep it :).

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