Remember “Locationgate”? That one time everyone was up in arms about a hidden file in iPhones that fed location data back to Apple? If you don’t, that’s okay (in internet years that’s like trying to remember the ’60s). Here’s a kind refresher.
Which is why this bit of news parsed out by Boy Genius Report is so, well, strange. So far, as the result of a complaint filed in South Korea, Apple’s total payout in damages was 1 million won, or $945 in American dollars—pennies of pennies for Apple, which has been valued at up to $300 billion.
Reuters reports that Kim Hyung-suk, himself a lawyer, received the money in May when the courts ordered Apple to pony up after a complaint. Kim’s law firm, Mirae Law, has also stated that a new class action suit is in the works for the similarly aggrieved. South Korea residents can sign up for here (though the website is bogged down due to traffic).
Apple provided a software update in May that has since rectified the tracking issue, and things have largely quieted down. Still, more payouts are likely on the horizon, and lawmakers here in the U.S. have already proposed legislation to tighten up existing mobile privacy laws.