according to the lawsuit, Apple violates state privacy laws by selling its customers & # 39; iTunes and Apple Music list data to third parties. These third parties are allegedly "supplementing this information with additional sensitive personal information" that Apple sends over its clients.
In turn, the third parties agree with the data they collect on other sensitive information about iTunes third-party clients. They have allegedly resold the information in the open market without first notifying or obtaining customer consent.
The lawsuit offers the following example:
… [Any] person or entity can rent a list with the names and addresses of all unmarried college-educated women over 70 with a household income of over $ 80,000 who bought Apple country music through its iTunes Store mobile application. A list is available for approximately $ 136 per thousand customers listed.
The lawsuit further argues that sharing listening data can reveal intimate customer information. The data apple allegedly disclosing to third parties include customers' full names, home addresses, and in some cases the genres and song titles of music that clients bought in iTunes.
As a result, affected customers are at risk of robbery from "fraudulent telemarketers" and others who want to benefit from vulnerable people.
Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul and Trevor Paul filed the lawsuit on behalf of iTunes clients in their respective states. They are looking for $ 250 and $ 5,000 for each Rhode Island and Michigan client involved.
Android Authority Outreach to Apple for comment, but did not receive a response through press time.