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Embarrassing iTunes playlists? Beware

Posted On: May. 29, 2019 12:43 PM CST


‘Cause nobody needs to know how many times you’ve played “MMMBop” by Hanson.

But yet: advertisers know, alleges a lawsuit filed in federal court on May 24 by three iTunes users suing Apple for allegedly disclosing their listening habits to advertisers, according to an article on posted Tuesday. 

The users claim Apple violated laws protecting records of entertainment purchases in those states and are seeking class-action status, saying Apple has “disregarded its legal responsibilities to these individuals” by revealing personal information, according to the article.

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Apple has released personal listening information directly to third parties while also granting app developers access to iTunes libraries through the Media Player framework. The suit also claims that Apple’s data disclosures are the reason plaintiffs have received unsolicited junk mail based on their listening history, according to the article.