Apple Accused of Violating Hacking Laws with iPhone Slowdown
Apple is being accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act with the performance throttling that it enabled on iPhones with degraded batteries.
In a new lawsuit filed in the US federal district court of northern California, plaintiffs explain that Apple deliberately slowed down devices without users’ consent, which led to what are described as damages to the hardware and representing violations of the CFAA.
“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 reads according to The Register.
“By transmitting information to class members’ devices, Apple intentionally caused damage without authorization to class member… (read more)