Apple's reported of facing a lawsuit, claiming the transmission of personal information is a violation of federal computer fraud and privacy laws, seeks class-action status for Apple customers who downloaded an application on their iPhone or iPad between Dec. 1, 2008, and last week.
The suit filed on Dec. 23 in federal court in San Jose, California, on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, claims Apple's iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they're used and for how long.
"Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users' location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views," according to the suit.
The lawsuit not only puts Apple up as a defendant but cites the creators of popular apps like Paper Toss, Pandora, The Weather Channel, and Dictionary.com as defendants too.
Apple claims it reviews all apps on its App Store and doesn't allow them to transmit user data without customer permission, and will remove and reject any that take users data for malicious or advertising purposes. according to the complaint.