Security Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp
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The Weather Channel app duped users into providing location data that the company then sold for advertising and other commercial purposes, according to a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleges that the mobile application, owned by IBM’s Weather Company (TWC), in seeking user permission to gather location data, fails to explain clearly how it shares the information.
“When seeking users’ permission to track geolocation data, the app does not disclose to users that TWC will transmit that data to third parties, nor that the data will be used for advertising and other commercial purposes bearing no relation to weather or the services provided by the app,” the complaint says.
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January 6, 2019 at 11:50 AM #9083Ohio BarbarianModerator
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corporate funding. We should not have to worry about the Weather Channel, of all people, selling our information.
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January 6, 2019 at 2:13 PM #9129Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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the same class of folks selling and buying our data
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