Settled case summary #2014-002
October 1, 2014
- Organizations need to be open and clear with individuals about how they collect, use and disclose personal information. This applies equally to how organizations collect, use and disclosure the personal information of third parties, as provided to the organization by an individual.
The complainant alleged that an upgrade to Apple’s operating system(OS) for desktops forced the use of “cloud” servers to be able to synchronize contacts, calendars, email account settings and Safari bookmarks between Apple mobile devices and computers. She claimed that the upgrade eliminated the ability to accomplish this synchronization using the “SyncServices” function via a USB connection, available in a previous OS update.
When you share your content with family and friends using Apple products, send gift certificates and products, or invite others to join you on Apple forums, Apple may collect the information you provide about those people such as name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
During the course of our Office’s investigation, the ability to synchronize contacts and calendar information between Apple mobile devices and computers using a USB connection was restored in a subsequent update, released on May 16, 2014. The complainant was satisfied with the actions taken by Apple in restoring this feature and considered this part of the complaint settled.
When you share your content with family and friends using Apple products, send gift certificates and products, or invite others to participate in Apple services or forums, Apple may collect the information you provide about those people such as name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Apple will use such information to fulfill your requests, provide the relevant product or service, or for anti-fraud purposes.
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