Town of Los Angeles has sued to cease the operator of The Weather Channel’s cell phone utility from allegedly “covertly mining the personal knowledge of customers and promoting the data to 3rd events, together with advertisers.”
“We appear to cease this alleged deceit,” Los Angeles Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer stated Friday in an announcement. “We allege TWC (The Climate Channel) elevates company income over customers’ privateness, deceptive them into permitting their actions to be tracked, 24/7.”
Defendant TWC Product and Expertise, a subsidiary of IBM, disputes the claims. “Weather Company has all the time been clear with the use of location data; the disclosures are acceptable, and we are going to defend them vigorously,” IBM spokesman Saswato Das informed CNN.
The grievance contends that “for years, TWC has deceptively used its Climate Channel APP to amass its customers’ personal, private geolocation knowledge — monitoring minute particulars about its customers’ places all through the day and night time, all of the whereas main customers to consider that their knowledge will solely be used to supply them with ‘customized native climate knowledge, alerts, and forecasts.’
“TWC has then profited from that knowledge, utilizing it and monetizing it for functions unrelated to climate or the Weather Channel App. In truth, unbeknownst to its customers, TWC’s core enterprise is amassing and benefiting from person location information.” The swimsuit was filed Thursday in state court docket on behalf of Californians.