Apple Fined £1726 over Location Data Fiasco

Tech giant Apple Inc. has found itself at the receiving end of a lawsuit following the decision by the South Korean government to impose a £1,726 worth penalty for collecting location based information from the users within the country without permission.

The move by the South Korean government follows the controversy initiated by the discovery of leading Smartphone makers such as Apple and Google collecting and storing location based information without any prior consent from users for as long as a year.

The companies, however, released software patches for resolving the issue after they came under severe criticism from several corners.

The Korean Communications Commission (KCC) said, "We decided to impose a 3 million won [£1,726] fine on Apple Korea for its collection of users’ locations without their consent."

Apple never admitted though, that it used to collect location based information which may be quite a sensitive issue for an individual’s privacy.

"Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so," Steve Park, a spokesperson for Apple Korea said, The Inquirer reports.

Apple is not the only company to come under the wrath of the South Korean government though. Google’s offices were also raided in May, this year over the same issue.

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