Technology is everywhere and it is advancing at an increasingly alarming rate, taking control and monitoring every minute of our lives… 1984 style! Yet, we are more than willing to tell the world everything by being very social.
We are attached to our mobile phones, but can you cope without your phone whilst you’re behind the wheel? Or… Do you driving distracted?
It is because of this technology and the way we use it that a survey was conducted by ingenie, which found that many young drivers were using social applications on their mobile phones whilst driving. To highlight this issue they have put together the following infographic as part of a campaign to stop people driving distracted. This campaign is encouraging people to socially pledge not to use their phones whilst driving. Get involved using #DontDriveDistracted.
Two separate groups of iPhone and iPad users have sued Apple Inc alleging that certain software applications were passing personal user information to third-party advertisers without consent.
In the lawsuits seeking class action, filed in a federal court in California, the plaintiffs sought a ban on passing of user information without consent and monetary compensation, according to case documents.
At some point, both cases may be consolidated into one by the judges presiding over the cases, said Majed Nachawati, a partner at law firm Fears & Nachawati, one of the attorneys for the complainants.
Along with Apple, makers of popular apps such as Textplus4, Paper Toss, Weather Channel, Dictionary.com, Talking Tom Cat and Pumpkin Maker were also named co-defendants in the lawsuits filed on December 23.
The lawsuits follow a December 18 report in the Wall Street Journal that said smartphones apps may be sharing personal data “widely and regularly,” and that iPhone apps transmitted more data than apps on phones using Google’s Android operating system.
Concerns about user privacy have emerged with the rapid growth of smartphones that spawn apps, and social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook.
The Unique Device ID that Apple assigns to its devices has become an attractive feature for third-party advertisers looking for a way to reliably track mobile device users’ online activities, one of the lawsuits said.
In April, Apple amended its developer agreement to ban apps from sending data to third parties except for information directly necessary for the functionality of the apps.
However, the lawsuits allege that Apple has taken no steps to actually implement its revised developer agreement or enforce it in any meaningful way due to criticism from advertising networks.