iTunes Accused of Selling User Data

The complaint, filed in a federal court in San Francisco, alleges that Apple’s disclosure of iTunes customers’ data is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous. Plaintiffs say any person or business can rent a listing with “names and addresses of married, college-educated women over 70 who have purchased music from Apple, have an income of over $80,000.” Plaintiffs also said, “Such a listing sells for $136 per thousand customers listed.” he added.

Based on different privacy laws for each state, the lawsuit seeks Apple to pay $250 for each iTunes customer in Rhode Island disclosed and $5,000 for each customer in Michigan.

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Facebook had allowed the data of 87 million users to be disclosed to Prof. Alexander Kogan for research purposes only. Kogan turned his back and sold the information to Cambridge Analytica for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. When asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during this time, Cook replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation. “If our customer was our product, we would make tons of money, we chose not to do that.”

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