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Apple fined in South Korea over location data collection

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Apple has been fined by the Korea Communications Commission over the iPhone location tracking issue that arose earlier this year. Reuters reports that Apple’s South Korean unit was fined 3 million won, or roughly $2,855, due to the fact that iPhones were, according to Apple, “maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around [the user’s] current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from [the user’s] iPhone, to help [the user’s] iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.” When the file containing the database was initially discovered, it set off a wave of speculation that Apple was secretly tracking the locations of its users, something the company expressly denied in its subsequent Q & A document.

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Talk about your token fine, Steve Jobs can rustle up that kind of cash going through some couch cushions at Cupertino. I guess they must have more rational courts in Korea than here - they understood that there wasn’t any real malfeasance but that it was still a bit of an overreach so please put $0.50 in the swear jar.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on August 4, 2011 at 7:34 AM (PDT)

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