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Apple Lands itself into Legal Trouble Over Potential Data Breach

When iOS 10 was released, Apple just included a notice informing users that their data would be used this way

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On behalf of all users, people from Rhode Island and Michigan in the US have filed a class action suit against Apple alleging a potential data breach situation and false advertising.

The suit is pegged to a recent Apple billboard put up in Las Vegas, promoting privacy that reads: “What happens on your iPhone, stays in your iPhone.”

However, Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul and Trevor Paul in their suit claimed that Apple profits from releasing the extensive demographic data it has about its users, their full names, ages, and addresses, plus their history of music listening preferences, Apple Insider reported on Saturday.

People believe Apple’s advertising is untrue because “none of the information pertaining to the music you purchase on your iPhone stays on your iPhone”, the report said.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs are seeking $250 for Wheaton and every user allegedly affected, plus $5,000 for the complainants.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Even though the suit does not establish how many people would be involved beyond “tens of thousands”, the filing says that the “aggregate amount in controversy exceeds $5,000,000”.

To support the claim that Apple “sells, rents, transmits and/or otherwise discloses, to various third parties”, the suit includes details of such information being available to buy, the report added.

The suit has been filed against Apple in the US District Court, Northern District of California but the iPhone-maker has not commented on the lawsuit as yet.

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Earlier in 2016, iOS developer Ben Dodson filed a bug report to Apple saying that the current system could allow details of a user’s entire music database to be revealed.

When iOS 10 was released, Apple just included a notice informing users that their data would be used this way. (IANS)

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Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3 to Fix Bugs: Report

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple released iOS 13.1.3 along with iPadOS 13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 software that was released few days back, to fix bugs and upgrade performance.

The iOS 13.1.3 update addresses an issue that could prevent device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call. It also aims to resolve an issue where data in the Health app may not display correctly after daylight savings time adjusts, Apple said in a release.

The new update also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup and more.

Meanwhile, the iPadOS 13.1.3 update fixes an issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in Mail. It also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Additionally, the update addresses an issue where apps might fail to download when restoring from iCloud Backup.

The iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air.

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To download the new update a user need to go to the Settings on the device and then choose General, then Software Update.

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date. (IANS)