HTC Phones' Weather App Profits From Data, Suit Says

Law360, New York (October 28, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT) -- An HTC Corp. unit and AccuWeather Inc. were targeted in a class action Wednesday in Washington state claiming the weather service tracks users' exact geographic location through a smartphone app and uses the information to sell advertising.

HTC America Inc.'s EVO 3D and 4G smartphones are defective because the AccuWeather app transmits unnecessarily precise location data — within feet of a user's whereabouts, allegedly — without any encryption, according to a complaint filed by plaintiffs Chad Goodman and Jon L. Olson in federal court.

AccuWeather uses...
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