A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, with plaintiffs alleging that the company has sold the data of its users to various third parties.
As Billboard notes, Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul and Trevor Paul – from the states of Rhode Island and Michigan – filed their lawsuit in California’s Northern Federal District on Friday, seeking $5 million in damages from Apple.
This information specifically relates to date that cannot be used to identify an individual, and is said to be used solely in an effort to help better understand their customers and the way their products are used.
However, this new lawsuit disputes this claim, noting that even Apple’s “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone” billboards in Las Vegas are just pushing false information.
“None of the information pertaining to the music you purchase on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” the lawsuit claims, alleging that Apple has been mining and selling personal information to third parties, violating the privacy laws of various US states.
“The data Apple discloses includes the full names and home addresses of its customers, together with the genres and, in some cases, the specific titles of digitally-recorded music that its customers have purchased via the iTunes Store and then stored in their devices,” the lawsuit continues.