Three iTunes users are urging Apple to report their listening habits to advertisers. The users, who are from Rhode Island and Michigan, claim that Apple has violated laws that protect the records of entertainment purchases in those states. They are looking for class-action status alongside other residents of the state, saying Apple has "ignored its legal responsibilities to those individuals" by disclosing personal information.
The lawsuit claims that Apple has released personal listening information directly to third parties and that app developers have access to iTunes libraries through the Media Player framework. It is based on specific public criticism Apple's privacy practices, as well as the general availability of personal user information through data brokers. It is also speculated that Apple's data statements are responsible for prosecutors who receive unsolicited unwanted e-mail based on their listening history.
As Variety says, data brokers collect information from many sources – so that iTunes user data can be obtained through financial data that is not directly related to Apple. Apple & # 39; s Media Player documentation currently tells developers that they need permission from users before they can access music libraries, and it says that they "should not use this framework to collect information about the user's audio content, or to use such information for purposes other than playing audio within your app. "The process notes that Apple has been criticized allow automatically full access a few years ago, though, and the prosecutors say that Apple is still making it too easy to collect data via iTunes.