After hearing news of two American customers filing a lawsuit against the US tech giant Apple for illegally collecting their location data last week, customers in Korea have started to wonder if they could sue the company for invasion of privacy as well.
[Interview : Chun Byung-hoon, iPhone user ] "I feel like my private information is being used somewhere but I have never thought of suing the company. If others do, then I might think of joining them."
Actually, a group of 29 customers in Korea have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, the first such case in the country.
In a statement submitted to the Seoul Central District Court Thursday, the plaintiffs said that their location information was garnered through iPhones without their consent, and because the information can be shared with anybody using an iPhone tracker program, it could be an invasion of privacy.
They are demanding 800-thousand won, or roughly 740 US dollars each in compensation.
However, legal experts in Korea warn that the plaintiffs might not exactly be in a favorable position due to the judicial differences between the two countries.
Lawyers say that in Korea, there needs to be a clear proof of the cause-and-effect relationship in order for them to win the case. They also note that because it might be a little hard to find evidence, one should be careful when filing such case in Korea.
Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.