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Lawsuit Alleges Apple iPhone Throttling Violates Hacking Law

Tuesday Jul 10th 2018 by Developer.com Staff

Several other groups have also sued the firm, but this line of reasoning is new.

A group of individuals is suing Apple based on claims that its iOS battery management violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which outlaws computer hacking. Recent iOS updates throttle iPhone and iPad performance in order to extend battery life. The plaintiffs, led by Alaskan Alex Rodriguez, say this violates the anti-hacking regulation.

"Apple violated [the CFAA] by knowingly causing the transmission of iOS software Updates to Plaintiff and class members’ devices to access, collect, and transmit information to devices, which are protected computers as defined in [the CFAA] because they are used in interstate commerce and/or communication," the complaint states.

"By transmitting information to class members’ devices, Apple intentionally caused damage without authorization to class members’ devices by impairing the ability of those devices to operate as warranted, represented, and advertised."

Apple has not commented on the lawsuit.

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