Apple Served With Privacy-related US Class Action Lawsuit

Apple has been slapped with a class action lawsuit for allegedly allowing apps on iOS-based devices such as iPad and iPhone to transmit users' personal information without their consent.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the lawsuit has been filed on behalf of one Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, in the federal court of San Jose, California.

The lawsuit claims that Apple's iPhone and iPad devices allow advertisers to keep a track of what apps users download, how frequently they use them and for how long the apps are in use.

“Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users' location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views,” the lawsuit documents say.

The lawsuit, which has also named application developers Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Dictionary.com as defendants, claims that Apple has violated privacy laws and has committed fraud.