A class action federal lawsuit filed in California is accusing Apple of selling on information of users’ iTunes purchases to third parties. It is being led by three plaintiffs from Rhode Island and Michigan and they are collectively seeking $5m+ in damages.
Billboard reports that the 51-page suit outlines their complaints that Apple has been harvesting their data and selling it on as a form of supplementary income for the company.
“The data Apple discloses includes the full names and home addresses of its customers, together with the genres and, in some cases, the specific titles of digitally-recorded music that its customers have purchased via the iTunes Store and then stored in their devices,” says the suit. Billboard adds, “The lawsuit further alleges that after Apple discloses its customers’ personal listening information, the recipients of this data then match it to other personal information on Apple’s customers and then resell that information on the open market.” Apple did not respond to Billboard’s request for a statement on the case.