Law­suit al­leges Weather Chan­nel sold data

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - News - BY BRIAN MELLEY

LOS AN­GE­LES

Los An­ge­les pros­e­cu­tors say they’re su­ing The Weather Chan­nel to stop it from track­ing the where­abouts of app users and sell­ing the data to third par­ties.

City At­tor­ney Michael Feuer said Fri­day that users of the pop­u­lar app are mis­led to think their lo­ca­tion data will only be used for per­son­al­ized fore­casts and alerts.

Feuer says The Weather Chan­nel in­ten­tion­ally ob­scured its mo­tives in a lengthy pri­vacy pol­icy that got four-fifths of users to agree to share ge­olo­ca­tion data.

The law­suit comes as companies such as Face­book and Google are un­der fire for shar­ing users’ in­for­ma­tion.

Feuer says The Weather Chan­nel sold data to at least a dozen web­sites for tar­geted ads.

A com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive says it’s “al­ways been trans­par­ent with use of lo­ca­tion data” and will vig­or­ously de­fend the “fully ap­pro­pri­ate” dis­clo­sures.

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