Is Apple Collecting and Selling Consumer ID Information?

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits – from both sides of the coin – but this time, the company is facing a class action lawsuit from three guys in Boston, Massachusetts. The plaintiffs are Adam Christensen, Jeffrey Scolnick, and William Farrell.


The complaint?

That Apple has violated (and continues to violate) Mass. Gen Laws chapter. 93 § 105, that is:

No person, firm, partnership, corporation or other business entity that accepts a credit card for a business transaction shall write, cause to be written or require that a credit card holder write personal identification information, not required by the credit card issuer, on the credit card transaction form. Personal identification information shall include, but shall not be limited to, a credit card holder’s address or telephone number.

The complainants base their case on a line from  Apple’s Privacy Policy:

At times Apple may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Apple to provide products and services, or that help Apple market to customers.

The lawyers of the complainants supposedly have gotten in touch with Apple previously in an attempt to get an out of court settlement. Obviously, that didn’t work for them, so now Apple has another lawsuit to face.

Just another day in the office.


Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

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