National Law Review: City Attorney of Los Angeles Sues Popular Weather App Claiming Deceptive Collection and Sharing of Geolocation Data by Jeffrey D. Neuburger:
Yesterday, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed an unfair competition lawsuit on behalf of the People of the State of California against the operator of the popular Weather Channel app (“TWC app”) for allegedly failing to conspicuously disclose to users that the TWC app collects and shares users’ mobile geolocation data. (People v. TWC Product and Technology, LLC (Cal. Super., L.A. County)). In essence, the suit alleges that the TWC app mines users’ precise geolocation data after receiving permission to gather location information to provide “personalized local weather data” without also adequately disclosing that the app also packages this data trove for advertising and analytics services unrelated to weather reporting. The City is seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties under state law for this alleged unfair business practice. Feuer held a press conference today further detailing the State’s position in this lawsuit and expressed his hope that this case would spur litigation in other jurisdictions and legislation on the issue.