Here’s what those new disclosures might look like (bolding ours):
How We Use and Share Location InformationWe collect your device’s location information and pressure sensor data through our applications so that we can offer you certain location-based features like forecasts, weather alerts, and ads, and to provide and improve our Services. The way we collect that information is different depending on whether you are accessing the Services through a website or mobile application.
You can still use our application without giving us permission to access your device’s location services by manually entering a location in the search field. However, if you disable your device’s location services, you will not have access to some of our features like real-time weather alerts for an exact location. If you grant permission, we may use and share your device’s location to deliver you ads relevant to your location, and to provide and improve the Services.
TWC and IBM also agreed to notify Los Angeles of any future changes to these disclosure screens for the next two years, and give the city another opportunity to potentially challenge them in court.“The Weather Company has always been transparent about its use of location data,” an IBM spokesperson tells The Verge. “We fundamentally disagreed with this lawsuit from the start, and during the case, we showed that the claims were baseless.”
The Weather Channel app is one of the more popular services in the United States. It’s the number one app in the “Weather” category on iOS, and the company claims that in 2019, the app had over 50 million active users worldwide. IBM acquired the digital portion of The Weather Channel in 2015. The city attorney for Los Angeles says that separate from the settlement, IBM is donating tech to the city and Los Angeles County to help with contract tracing and data storage during the coronavirus pandemic.