I had a feeling this was coming. The very first lawsuit has been filed against Apple for the highly controversial tracking of location data from the iPhone and iPad.

According to Bloomberg, a lawsuit was filed against Apple on April 22nd in Tampa, Florida, at a federal court by iPhone user, Vikram Ajjampur, and iPad user, William Devito. The two iDevice users claim that Apple has been surreptitiously tracking the location of iPhone and iPad owners.

They claim to have filed the lawsuit in an effort to stop the alleged data collection by Apple. 

“The complaint cited a report last week by two computer programmers claiming that Apple’s iOS4 operating system is logging latitude-longitude coordinates along with the time a spot is visited. The programmers said Apple devices are collecting about a year’s worth of location data. Apple hasn’t commented on the matter since the April 20 report was released.

“We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple is now basically tracking people everywhere they go,” Aaron Mayer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said today in a telephone interview. “If you are a federal marshal, you have to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple is doing it without one.”

While Apple CEO Steve Jobs debunked the circulating rumors regarding the tracking of data, and experts on the issue call the location database non-threatening, legal, and probably a simple mistake on Apple’s end, could this really be that serious?

Are you concerned about this issue, or is this whole privacy issue overblown like antennagate?

What say you?

  • Binary-Stalker

    Ah, Apple, always getting caught in lawsuits.

    What number is this?

  • Burge

    If apple say it’s not tracking idevices and it was just a oversite to write a software to get rid of the data..I’ll say these two people are just out to make cash and a name for them self’s …they could loose big time …we will have to wait and see….very risky

  • soccerkrzy

    They will lose, I know the EULA never holds up, but you also agreed the first time you set up your iPhone in iTunes about the location information.

    The only thing they have going for them is that the location file was an unencrypted file; other than that, they will lose miserably.

    I hate people who start frivolous lawsuits simply for money.

  • The reason Apple is always getting caught in lawsuits is because of greedy customers who think they can make a quick dollar of a big company who will pay them to just go away.

    This entire tracking issue is being blown way out of proportion and I doubt there are any real damages worth suing Apple over. Besides the anonymity and inaccuracy of the location data, you need to gain access to the phone or personal computer of the person you want to track in order to get the data. If someone has that much access to my phone, there are far more personal things on there than my general day-to-day whereabouts that I should be concerned about.

  • appletiser

    completely agree with the previous two comments, I hope they fail miserably

    • appletiser

      *previous three comments 🙂

  • Aleks

    Stupid ppl just trying to get rich. America is all about lawsuits. Pathetic. I got nothing to hide. Track on apple!

  • Aleks

    How did apple tracking them affected those ppl filing lawsuits? Not in any way!

  • C0ntr0l

    I have unlimited data plan with att since 2007 but I wonder if this affects people data cap plans

  • C0ntr0l

    On usage

  • theComer_is_a_apple_whore

    I hope Apple loses… cocksuckers!

  • Jimbo

    antenna issue wasn’t exactly nothing… but Jobs didn’t have a problem making it seem like so and then he shot himself in the foot by handing out free bumpers to “fix” a problem that apparently didn’t exist. then well now he’s denying this as a problem… see the pattern?

    whether or not this is a real issue, the big companies esp apple, will never admit it. I say if enough lawsuits turn into class actions, then apple will just settle out of court

  • Eric

    Frankly, I dun quite like Apple,and I hope apple loses this case. But I dun noe what has tracking location data have affected these two guys. Will Apple have the time and effort to look through all the location data by billions of users? If you say Obama is suing him, then I can understand

  • I don’t see the utility of the Iphone 4 white… Now, everybody wait for Iphone 5!

  • this

    It seems that most of you’re forgetting that Apple is violation of out basic right. KGB, Nazi Germany and countries like that used to track knowingly and unknowingly its citizens and Apple should pay every single penny for this violation.
    F Apple and F Fuhrer Steve Jobs

    • numbnuts

      wtf?? comparing apple to the KGB and nazi Germany, you like srsly need to put things into perspective a little there!! no one has violated anyone’s basic right, the second you buy any mobile device you open yourself up to being ‘traced’ by anyone who has access to the appropriate equipment.

  • Ras

    Fuck apple mofos.puppet of the illuminati.fuck them and stupid apple fans boys here.bloody apple.

  • Ras

    Fuck apple mofos.puppet of the illuminati.fuk them and stupid apple fans boys here.bloody apple.

  • Tom

    Ummm if apple is not retrieving the data then they are not tracking you. Your only tracking yourself…

  • Chico

    I have to say that people that agree with what apple is doing are completely retards.

    Come on guys! Is time to wake up! Obviously apple doesn’t have the time to be checking on us but this goes against user privacy.

    I don’t care if there is an agreement on iTunes. Fuck apple.
    When the goverment start implanting microchips into people’s skin will you agree with as well?

    I seriously can’t believe people are not giving a fuck about this.

    I already called apple to complain and I also wrote a few email to get people to install untrackered

    • Why exactly are you so concerned? The data is virtually useless. The location isn’t accurate enough to use for anything important, and there is no identifying information attached to it. How does anonymous location and signal strength data violate your privacy in any way?

      Take a look at this article for more detail.

      The government did not sedate me and implant my iPhone into my body. If you are so concerned about being tracked because you are doing something that you don’t want anyone to know about, try turning your phone off, turning off location services, or just leaving it at home.

      While you are at it, stop posting your every move on Twitter, facebook and foursquare, make sure to remove all location data attached to pictures taken with your phone, don’t pay for anything with credit/debit cards, take the ez-pass out of your car, clear the recent address from your gps, watch out for red light cameras, and put on a tin foil hat.

      I seriously can’t believe that people ARE giving a fuck about this.

  • Qlobster

    No! Not a tin foil hat, that way they can track you from outer space! 😀

  • Alpha

    Had a lawsuit not been filed then Apple would have done nothing to correct the situation which has existed for 5 years. You have to be kidding me if you think that Apple has not known about this supposed bug. It is only being called a bug and a fabricated lie is being made because they got caught! Without the lie they would most definitely lose and would be in violation of many laws regardless of the EULA. Thankfully, Apple will now correct their bug (I say behavior) thanks to these lawsuits and investigations by several government organizations.

  • jp

    You are ignorant if you think there is no value in this data or you can’t be hurt if this data were captured by criminals.

    • Would you care to explain exactly how knowing the location of cell towers and hotspots near where I travel can hurt me in any way? I looked at the data from my own personal phone and not a single data point was located on my home or my office.

      So, unless you can show me exactly how this data can be used against me in any way, you are the ignorant one here.

      • jp

        Feel free to send your data file to me and I’ll tell you where you live and when your away from home. Actually, if your so confident and really could care less then just post it here. Your not too bright and need to pull your head out of your rear. You’re just another lemming in society that people love to prey upon.

      • I’m glad you showed how bright you are by proving you actually know how to use the word “you’re” correctly in a sentence. But that’s a topic for a different conversation.

        Here is the data that you challenged me to post here. I extracted it from my manifest files using nphonetrack and created a csv as well as a kml file that can be viewed in Google Earth.

        Sorry it took me so long. I left work around 5pm, did some shopping. Then took a quick trip to my gym. I didn’t leave there until 6:30 to go meet my friend Joe at the Bull’s Head Diner in Stamford, CT, where I had a really tasty chicken salad. I didn’t get home until after 10pm, which is not my normal schedule. I’m not going to take the time to do another backup of my data, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

        Now get to work and tell me where I live. And don’t cheat, because this information is easily discoverable with a simple Google search or the highly sophisticated tracking device that was once known as a phone book.

      • Where did you go jp? I’m still waiting for you. Or did you only ask me to post my files here because you didn’t think I would actually do it?

  • Luis

    fortune hunters…

  • John Watson

    Seriously? What are you doing so private and important to worry about tracking? Maybe Gunga Din & Vito have a reason to be nervous. The world is not a safe place to live. There are people trying to kill us and people already killing us and burying us in the backyards. Tracking, helicopters, and CC are part of our future. Please track me Apple. When I’m missing in a ditch or bleeding in an alley, I hope someone finds me.