The lawsuit, which has been filed in a district court covering the Northern district of California, seeks class action lawsuit. That would mean Apple will have pay to settle with every person who lists themselves as a victim of AirTags and the lax security approach of Apple. The lawsuit also cites two reports of AirTags allegedly popping up in murder cases as evidence of the risk posed by Apple’s tracking device.
As far as class action goes, the lawsuit argues on behalf of all U.S.-based victims of AirTag stalking that use iOS devices and those with an Android phone in their pockets, all of whom were tracked without their consent. It targets Apple on 12 counts of poor conduct, ranging from sheer negligence to direct violation of privacy laws. The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages from Apple, as well as the cost of the legal battle, alongside injunctive relief that is “necessary to restrain Apple from continuing to commit its illegal and unfair violations of privacy.”
Assuming the court accepts the class-action status for the lawsuit, it would mean Apple is staring at a long, drawn-out battle over very tangible threats to users from its celebrated product, and a hefty settlement that would entail paying every class member that joins the legal battle. Apple’s claims regarding the safety of AirTags have also been challenged as misleading in the lawsuit, and it could very well shape the future roadmap for the AirTags as a commercially available product.
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