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SKorean lawyer wages legal fight against Apple

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 2:05am
The Associated Press

A South Korean lawyer and self-described iPhone fan is waging a legal battle against Apple Inc. over the device's tracking capabilities.

Kim Hyeong-seok said Friday he has rounded up at least 16,000 people in South Korea to join him in a class action lawsuit he plans to file against the company as early as Aug. 1.

The 36-year-old attorney has already got Apple's Korean unit to pay him 1 million won ($945) over a suit he took to a regional South Korean court in April.

His complaint was that the iPhone's tracking of users' locations violated South Koreans' right to privacy.

Kim says, "I like Apple." But he adds his legal fight is about "right or wrong."

Apple spokesman Steve Park in Seoul could not immediately be reached for comment.

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