The issue over location-based tracking has been plaguing Apple for a while now. The Cupertino-based company along with Google were questioned by the government over privacy concerns with location-based tracking. A federal lawsuit was also filed against Apple several months ago and not too long ago Apple recently settled a similar lawsuit in South Korea by paying a $3,000 fine and an additional $1,000 to a South Korean user, who seemed to take an issue with the tracking.
Given that the fine Apple had to pay in South Korea seems like a pittance, we’re guessing the legal fees will cost a lot more and it appears that Apple may have to start digging into their coffers again as France has started their own investigation.
Led by France’s Commission Nationale de L’Informatique et des Liberts (CNIL), the CNIL will be conducting their own investigation and wants to learn how Apple encrypts the data that they collect. Given that the CNIL has sued Google for over €100,000, the sum that Apple might have to pay, should the CNIL take issue with the tracking services, will be substantially more than $4,000.
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