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Apple Faces Class Action Suit in South Korea


A woman uses an Apple iPhone 4 smartphone for Web surfing during a photo opportunity at an Apple store in Seoul, May 24, 2011

A woman uses an Apple iPhone 4 smartphone for Web surfing during a photo opportunity at an Apple store in Seoul, May 24, 2011

U.S. technology giant Apple may face a class action lawsuit in South Korea for an iPhone feature that can track the location of users.

Apple Korea said Thursday that it paid a $950 judgment last month to a lawyer who sued the company for violation of privacy.

The lawyer, Kim Hyeong-seok, now says he will lead a class action suit against the company. His law firm, Mirae Law, said it set up a Web site to find people who want to participate in the suit, but it was shut down because of heavy traffic.

There are around 3 million iPhone users in South Korea and the suit could have worldwide consequences for Apple.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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