Law360 — a subscription is required to read the entire article — a California federal judge on Friday axed a putative class action accusing Apple of illegally selling iTunes users’ listening histories to third parties, ruling the plaintiffs had failed to show that the tech giant actually disclosed their information and identities to data brokers or app developers.
In May Apple was sued by by customers who said Apple was unlawfully disclosing and selling personal info about their iTunes purchases, as well as their personal data, despite the company’s advertising claim that “What happens on your iPhone. stays on your iPhone.”
On May 24, three iTunes customers from Rhode Island and Michigan sued in federal court in San Francisco, seeking to represent hundreds of thousands of residents of their home states. The lawsuit asked for $250 for each Rhode Island iTunes customer whose information was disclosed and $5,000 for each one in Michigan, under the states respective privacy laws.