updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2011
More defendants may be named later
Apple, The Weather Channel and music site Pandora are together facing a lawsuit over intercepting personally identifiable data, reports say. The case is being handled through the US District Court for Puerto Rico, and was filed on behalf of Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz. Documents leave space to name up to 10 other defendants at a future date.
Diaz accuses Apple in particular of six charges, among which are abuse, fraud and unfair trade. The company collects UDIDs (Unique Device IDs) and transmits them to third-party advertisers along with location data, according to allegations. In compensation Diaz is requesting monetary damages.
The lawsuit is the second to target Apple over location tracking. Apple has had to adopt a defensive posture since it became public knowledge that a cache file in iOS 4 is recording the location of celltowers and Wi-Fi hotspots. The size and persistence of the cache has been severely curtailed as of iOS 4.3.3.