DO YOU THINK APPLE INC. IS SPYING ON ITS CUSTOMERS?

Well that’s what some people think and we want to hear what you think.

Apple Inc. has been sued for privacy invasion and computer fraud by two customers who claim the company is secretly recording and storing the location and movement of iPhone and iPad users.

According to a complaint filed in federal court in Florida, Apple is stalking its consumers by spying on them to sell their personal information at some future date.  The complaint further alleges that “Apple’s privacy policy contained deceptive misrepresentations that are material and are likely to and did deceive ordinary consumers … into believing that their every move would not be tracked by Apple.”

In fact, last year, Apple updated its privacy policy to say that it could “collect, use, and share precise location data, including real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device.” That prompted a congressional inquiry, and Apple said in response that it collects data “anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services.”

Apparently Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan is a little concerned and has asked to meet with Apple and Google Inc. executives to discuss reports that their products collect information about users’ locations. In addition, French, German, Italian, and South Korean regulators are also investigating this issue.

So what do you think?  Do you think that Apple is tracking you for marketing reasons?  If Apple is tracking your location and movement, do you think this is a problem?  Do you have EZPass?  If Apple is tracking you don’t you think EZPass can track you too?    Is there a difference between EZPass and Apple?  When you got your EZPass did you know you could be tracked?

Is big brother watching us just a little too much through our handheld devices?