After already successfully getting 6 of the original 8 charges thrown out of court last June, Apple’s lawyers are now attempting to get the final two accusations stricken from the record on the grounds that no harm was caused when they kept detailed archives of their users’ personal movements over the course of almost 2 years.
Their legal team has said they want to redefine the case as one that is questioning their practices on information storage, rather than the privacy invasion concerns the trial was originally brought about to discuss.
Back in 2011 there was a huge media storm over the fact that Apple had installed a “Location Service” switch that didn’t work, one which continued to track iOS users even after they had supposedly decided to opt out of the program, and now Apple is now trying to get the case concerns reclassified as a “caching bug” to deflect some of the heat.
Despite all of the language wrangling the fact of the matter remains Apple has been nothing but sneaky when it comes to how they handle data which a) they should have no reason to keep track of in the first place, and b) don’t seem to know what to do with now that they’ve got so much of it. If they aren’t selling it, and they aren’t using it, what exactly is the point of paying for the farms of servers required to hold all of it?
More on this story as it develops, and make sure you don’t get caught with an iOS device in your pocket whenever you are trying to keep your movements a closely guarded secret.
Source | The Register