Apple is being sued by 27,000 Korean individuals which turned out to be a class-action lawsuit. This lawsuit is over alleged privacy violations related to location services on iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
Each person in the suit is seeking one million won ($892) in damages, said Kim Hyeong-seok, one of their lawyers from SPZ Legal. He said they are targeting Apple Inc and its South Korean unit to “protect privacy” rights.
Apple representative Steve Park in Seoul said he is unavailable to comment.
In May, Apple was ordered by a South Korean court to pay Kim Hyung-seok, one million won ($892) in compensation as a result.
His firm, Mirae law, is now representing 27,000 iPhone users in a class-action lawsuit. Each is also seeking the same compensation.
“I’m an iPhone user myself, so when I first heard about this in the media, I reviewed the legality of the matter based on Korean law,” Mr Kim said.
“I concluded it was clearly illegal.”
Apple has faced complaints and criticisms since it said in April that its iPhones were storing locations of nearby mobile phone towers and Wi-Fi hot spots for up to a year. Such data can be used to create a rough map of the device owner’s movements.
Apple also revealed that a software bug caused iPhones to continue to send anonymous location data to the company’s servers even when location services on the device were turned off.