September 01, 2011, 2:55 PM — A Michigan woman is suing Microsoft for allegedly violating state and federal privacy laws with location-tracking software running on Windows Mobile 7 smartphones.
According to the complaint filed in a Seattle federal court, WP7's location tracking software continued to run even after the feature was disabled by smartphone owners.
Well, that doesn't seem right!
Michigan resident Rebecca Cousineau filed the lawsuit on behalf of tens of thousands of consumers who use phones with the Microsoft software and had their location data tracked after they disabled the feature. The complaint seeks a court order barring the company from tracking users’ phone locations, $1,000 for each violation, and unspecified punitive damages.
Redmond is only the latest smartphone OS maker to incur the wrath of consumers who don't care for companies tracking their locations and storing the data on servers.
In August, a South Korean lawyer filed a $26 million class-action lawsuit in that country against Apple for tracking iPhone and iPad user locations. That suit has 27,000 plaintiffs.
Google was sued in late April by two Michigan women (Michigan again? What's up with that?) who want Google to stop saving user-location data. The class-action suit seeks $50 million in damages.