Three Customers Accuse Apple Of Selling iTunes Listening Data

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  • May 25, 2019
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Three iTunes customers from Michigan and Rhode Island have accused Apple of disclosing and selling information about people’s iTunes purchases and also personal data. The customers sued Apple on Friday in a federal court in San Francisco, and are seeking to represent hundreds of thousands of residents of their states who they claim had their personal listening data disclosed without their consent.

According to the filed complaint, disclosure of ITunes users’ data is unlawful and can also be dangerous because it leaves room for targeting vulnerable members of society. “For example, any person or entity could rent a list with the names and addresses of all unmarried, college-educated women over the age of 70 with a household income of over $80,000 who purchased country music from Apple via its iTunes Store mobile application,” the customers alleged.

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“Such a list is available for sale for approximately $136 per thousand customers listed.” they said. They are seeking $250 for each Rhode Island customer whose iTunes listening data was disclosed and a high $5,000 for each customer in Michigan, under both states’ respective privacy laws.


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