27K iPhone users in South Korea sue Apple over location tracking

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Just when you thought Apple had recovered from its iPhone location tracking scandal from April, along comes a major class-action lawsuit in South Korea.

Around 27,000 South Koreans are suing the iPhone-maker, seeking 1 million won ($930) per person in damages, Bloomberg reports. Altogether the suit is seeking over $25 million from Apple.

The users are being represented by Seoul-based attorney Kim Hyung-Suk and his firm Mirae Law, which has been trying to put together a major lawsuit against Apple over location tracking for some time. The firm went as far as to create a cute website for the suit at

Apple was previously fined 3 million won ($2,808) by the Korea Communications Commission for collecting location data.

Apple blamed a bug in iOS4 for the supposed location tracking in the iPhone and iPad. The issue was initially dug up by two developers who found mysterious files on their computers with timestamps and location information. Apple says that it crowdsources cell tower location data to make it easier for iPhones and iPads to find reception. The large amounts of location data being stored on user devices and synchronized to their computers was a mistake, Apple said, and it stopped that practice with an iOS update.

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