(The Hosting News) – Another lawsuit over recent privacy concerns for mobile devices has been filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico. The suit, filed by Lymaris M. Rivera Diaz primarily takes aim at Apple, but also goes against Pandora and the Weather Channel.
The suit alleges that the companies have failed to provide proper disclosure when making user information available to possible advertisers.
The lawsuit closely resembles one filed in a San Jose court last December.
Mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad have a unique device identifier (UDID) which functions as a unique number for each device. The suit alleges that UDID acts as a ‘supercookie’, making each device traceable.
The suit states, “Unfortunately, however, unlike with browser cookies, Apple does not provide users any way to delete or restrict access to their devices’ UDIDs. Traditional efforts to prevent Internet tracking, such as deleting cookies, have no effect on Apps’ access to an iPhone’s or iPad’s UDID”.
Apple has defended the location data, stating it’s anonymous and that it plays an important part in increasing device functionality by using Wi-Fi areas and towers.
As for Pandora, online security company Veracode discovered last month that the site was transmitting sensitive user information to third party advertisers. The suit also alleges that the Weather Channel is doing the same.
The latest lawsuit follows U.S. lawmakers recent pressure on Google and Apple executives over mobile privacy concerns.