Apple paid compensation to a South Korean iPhone user for collecting location data without the consent of the user.
Apple Inc’s Korean unit paid the compensation last month. In May, Apple Korea was ordered by the court to pay 1 million won ($946) in compensation to Kim Hyung-suk, a lawyer. Steve Park, a spokesman for Apple Korea declined to comment, reports Reuters.
Kim’s law firm Mirae Law is also preparing a class action lawsuit against Apple for the unauthorized data collection. A website for class action sign-up has been set up but was paralyzed due to heavy traffic. (www.sueapple.co.kr)
Apple released a software update in May to fix a problem that enabled its mobile devices to collect and store customers’ location data. The revelation that Apple’s iPhone collected data and stored it for up to a year has prompted renewed scrutiny of the nexus between location and privacy.
Any type of action may put further pressure on Apple in the home market of its key rival Samsung Electronics. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone has emerged as a major competitor to the iPhone.