Lawsuit Against HTC and AccuWeather Claims GPS Overshare

Nov 01, 2011

Two Seattle residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against HTC and AccuWeather, Inc. The plaintiffs allege that the AccuWeather app on their HTC EVO phone has been transmitting precise and unencrypted GPS data at regular intervals as well as when they open the app to check the weather.

Instead of providing coarse information, the app is able to identify the user's exact location, the plaintiffs say. The app, because it is built in to the phone, cannot be disabled.

The plaintiffs also claim HTC is sharing location data with advertisers that want to target users with customized ads. The suit was filed in Seattle federal court as well as under the laws of California and Minnesota, where class-action lawsuits have a higher success rate.