A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in San Jose, California accusing Apple Inc. of allowing apps for its iPhone and iPad to transmit users' personal information to advertising networks without customers' consent.
The complaint, which plaintiffs have asked for class action status for, was filed on December 23rd. The suit alleges that iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that let advertising networks track what apps are downloaded, how frequently they're used and for how long.
“Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users’ location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views,” according to the suit.
The suit also identifies a number of apps such as Pandora, paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Dictionary.com; and names them as co-defendants in the complaint. The complait says that iPhones and iPads are equipped with a Unique Device Identifier, or UDID, which users cannot block. Apple claims that it reviews all app in its App Store and does not allow them to transmit user data without their permission.