Apple Faces Lawsuit for Selling Personal Info to Third Parties

There has been a lot of criticism against how cloud companies abuse their customers privacy in doing their business. The phrase “If you’re not paying for a service, you’re not the consumer – you’re the product being sold” is quoted more and more often. The main targets for this criticism have been Facebook and Google, while Apple have managed to mostly stay clear. Many, including this writer, probably thought that as Apple’s main business is selling hardware, it has a different model that is less vulnerable to privacy concerns. We were wrong. In a lawsuit in Massachusetts (which may be the most difficult state to spell!), Apple is accused of unlawfully collecting customers zip codes with credit card purchases and selling this information to third parties. Too bad – the fruit was rotten.