Advertisement The Weather Channel app is being taken to court in Los Angeles for inappropriate data use The lawsuit is based on what the State of California calls incomplete permissions requests.
The suit alleges that the app "covertly mines the private data of its users, and then it sends that information to third parties, like advertisers and others," Feuer said.
The operator of The Weather Channel mobile app misled users who agreed to share their location information in exchange for personalized forecasts and alerts, and they instead unwittingly surrendered personal privacy when the company sold their data to third parties, City Attorney Michael Feuer said.
"Unbeknownst to many users, the Weather Channel App has tracked users' detailed geolocation data for years, analyzing and/or transferring that data to third parties for a variety of commercial and advertising purposes, including for targeted advertisements based on locations users frequent, and for hedge funds interested in analyzing consumer behavior," the lawsuit said.
His request not only gave him access to his own Amazon search data, but also to around 1,700 Alexa voice files recorded in a stranger’s living room, bedroom, and shower. This data privacy disaster occurred because amazon.de saves Alexa voice recordings indefinitely and because the processes it uses to leverage them have serious security issues.
That could be the only path to protecting users’ privacy, because it is not in the commercial interest of corporations like Google and Apple to limit data used by these apps, said Rishi Bhargava, Co-founder at Demisto, a Cupertino, Calif.-based provider of security technology company.
The justification pop up presented to users when requesting access to Location Services, for app versions 6.0.2 (released August 17, 2018) and later, uses the following text: “MyRadar needs your location to show your position on the map, as well as for advanced features including critical weather warnings.