Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit by customers who claim that information from their purchases on iTunes was sold to third parties, Billboard reports. According to a new report by Billboard, plaintiffs Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul, and Trevor Paul allege that Apple was collecting and selling their data to third parties despite “touting its supposedly pro-consumer positions on issues of data privacy,” as Billboard points out. The plaintiffs reportedly claimed that this practice was done in violation of their respective states’ (Rhode Island and Michigan) privacy laws. They are allegedly seeking over $5 million in damages, according to court documents viewed by Billboard. The suit was filed today (May 24) in California’s Northern Federal District.
Billboard reports that the complaint claims Apple “supplements its revenues by selling, renting, and transmitting with third parties information about the music that each customer purchases from the iTunes Store.” The suit reportedly claims that Apple discloses full names and home addresses of its customers along with other information pertaining to music they have purchased on the iTunes store. Read the full report here.
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