That Nifty Weather App on Your Phone is Being Sued by the City of L.A.

Next to coffee and cursing during the morning commute, the Weather Channel’s mobile forecast app may just be the most universal part of our day. But is that helpful little climate tracker spying on you? L.A.’s city attorney says yes and now he’s suing for what he calls an “egregious” abuse of user privacy.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against the Weather Channel's popular mobile app over sharing of user data.

The suit alleges the app secretly used the location information of millions of its users and illegally sold it to advertisers and marketing companies. — ABC 7  News

IBM, which owns the app but not the channel, has denied the charges and says it will vehemently defend itself in court. But Feuer says he has evidence the company deceived its users and violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.

“It’s more important than ever to put a stop to any situation in which our privacy is being taken from us,” he said.

Read more at Fortune Magazine.


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