Apple, others score a win in California privacy protection suit

A California high court ruled on Monday that Apple Inc and other online retailers did not break the law by mandating consumers to supply their address and phone numbers as a condition of accepting credit card payments.Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 11.56.59 AM

 In a surprise decision, the Court iterated that state privacy protections for credit cards do not extend to purchases made online that are downloaded electronically.

This comes from the same Court that had earlier ruled in 2011 that privacy protections are applicable to brick and mortar stores, who are now not permitted 
to request a customer’s ZIP code during a credit card transaction.

Three dissenting California Supreme Court justices noted that the ruling spells “a major win for these sellers, but a major loss for consumers, whose privacy is being increasingly encroached upon during online transactions.”

Apple has declined to comment on the matter.

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