Privacy Class Claims Over Apple Apps Tossed; Unfair Competition Claim Survives

Privacy Class Claims Over Apple Apps Tossed; Unfair Competition Claim Survives

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A group of putative class plaintiffs failed to establish that their iPhones, iPads and related devices (iDevices) qualified as "electronic communication services" facilities or "electronic storage" under the Stored Communications Act (SCA), a California federal judge ruled June 12, dismissing related privacy violations claims related to alleged tracking via the use of third-party applications (apps) on devices manufactured by Apple Inc. (In Re iPhone Application Litigation,  No. 5:11-md-02250, N.D. Calif.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81426).

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