Surrey Woman Sues Apple Over Location Services–in iOS 4

According to The Province, a Surrey woman is suing Apple alleging the company has violated her privacy and security rights via their iOS devices. Amanda Ladas filed a lawsuit today in B.C. Supreme Court and alleges Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch tracks the movements of her and son–without them knowing:

“Ladas is concerned that, without her permission, anyone with moderate computer knowledge can find out where she’s been,” said spokeswoman Laura Ballance in announcing the suit.

“The claim alleges that Apple has violated the privacy and security rights of users of its products by the design, production, distribution and/or operation of iOS4, and has engaged in deceptive acts or practices that have the capability, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading class members and that these practices entitle members of the class to aggravated, punitive and/or exemplary damages.”

Ladas has hired Vancouver law firm of Ganapathi and Company, which the The Province notes the lawsuit has the following:

Supporting documents filed with the lawsuit include extensive reports from four leading experts in digital forensics examination, information security, networking and systems administration, geographic profiling and clinical and forensic psychology.

Is this lawsuit for real? We may be jumping to conclusions here, but Apple included the ability to toggle Location Services OFF in iOS 4:

Turning Location Services on or off

Location Services can be turned on or off at Settings > Location Services. Location Services is on by default, but you can turn it off if you don’t want to use this feature or to conserve battery life. You can also individually control which applications have access to Location Services data.

One tap is all it takes to turn off Location Services. One. Tap.

What do you think about this lawsuit? It reminds me of the dude who tried to sue Google over the use of his Gmail account.

[via The Province]

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  • @iSheep

    iSheep waking up?

  • Jon

    Good luck with that

  • Funny

    Hilarious troll

  • Fandroid

    Next to your mom and sister.

  • Olley

    proving once again Surrey is full of retards and rioters.

  • Billy6362

    Hey don’t bad mouth surrey because this woman is a complete idiot. Not everyone is a moron

  • Don

    What a complete and utter moron, just goes to show that anyone these days will sue to try and make a quick buck. Her case doesn’t stand a chance in court, she needs to be educated before she uses anything high tech it seems. Next thing you know, she’s going to sue Maytag because her stove burned her, people these days……….

  • nc

    LOL. you would be dead & your mothers & sisters would be raped several times by now if we in Surrey were totally “retarded” & “rioters”!!

  • Oiley

    I am sorry. I apologize for my comments about Surrey.

  • Holy crap she’s still on iOS 4?

  • That’s what she said

  • boss

    Surrey, what a joke.

  • Guest

    Sad that Surrey had no supporters but impersonators 🙁

  • Guest

    Sad that Surrey had no supporters but impersonators. Not a surprise, though.

  • I think that’s the only way she’d stand a chance with this lawsuit. As I recall, starting with iOS 5, Apple started including a message while setting up your phone that asked for permission to enable location services. At least I think it started with iOS 5.

    Regarding the “one tap” to turn off location services, that’s easy to do if you know it’s there. I’m guessing her argument is that she was not informed that her phone even had that capability. I’m curious to see how “anyone with moderate computer knowledge” could determine her location. Does she mean if they stole her phone, or just observed her online activity?

    Honestly, this kinda reminds me of the freakout that everyone had when Instagram introduced photo maps. “Whaaat? You’re going to show everyone where all of my photos have been taken? That means they can figure out where I live!” Yeah, the info was already all there, they just made it more obvious to you what information you were sharing with the world and gave you a chance to fix it. Photo maps was a fantastic addition because of that. Sometimes software companies just need to take the scary privacy concerns and make them MORE obvious so that people think twice about what they’re posting, as opposed to assuming everything is as limited as their own understanding.

  • disqus_tCF3oVYNzW

    no. surrey is pretty bad. period.

  • bytehakr

    So, this is Canada… what does she expect to get out of all this other than a bill from her lawyer?

  • Olley

    ur mother has 3 noses