Lawsuit questions privacy of Apple apps

Apple is being sued for allegedly letting mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad send personal information to ad networks without the consent of users.

A lawsuit was filed on 24 December that alleges that Apple's iPhones and iPads let ad networks track which applications people download, how often they're used, and for how long.

The suit alleges that the ad networks are able to trace an iPhone or iPad using the unique device identifier or UDID, which is a number specific to each unit that can't be blocked by users. Claiming that sending personal data without consent violates federal computer fraud and privacy laws, the suit is seeking class action status on behalf of all Apple iPhone and iPad users who downloaded an app between December 1, 2008, and Christmas 2010.

Apple is just one of six application makers being pursued by two groups of consumers.

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