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Apple fined in South Korea over location data collection

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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