The complaint alleges Apple supplements its revenues by selling, renting and transmitting with third parties information about the music that each customer purchases from the iTunes Store.
“The data Apple discloses includes the full names and home addresses of its customers, together with the genres and, in some cases, the specific titles of digitally-recorded music that its customers have purchased via the iTunes Store and then stored in their devices,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit further alleges that after Apple discloses its customers’ personal listening information, the recipients of this data then match it to other personal information on Apple’s customers and then resell that information on the open market. The lawsuit also accuses Apple of selling, renting, transmitting or disclosing the personal listening information of millions of customers to developers of various mobile applications available for download in its App Store as well as to data aggregators, data cooperatives, list brokers and other third parties.
“Apple profits handsomely from its unauthorized sale, rental, transmission” of customers’ personal listening information, states the lawsuit. “It does so at the expense of its customers’ privacy and statutory rights because Apple does not notify let alone obtain the requisite written consent from its customers prior to disclosing their personal information.”
Apple has not responded to Billboard’s request for comment.