State Supreme Court backs Apple in credit card payments lawsuit

State Supreme Court backs Apple in credit card payments lawsuit
Apple did not violate state law.

The California Supreme Court found that Apple did nothing illegal by requiring customers to provide home addresses and phone numbers in order to accept payments made by credit card. Privacy protection policies in California do protect customers from being asked for such information from brick and mortar retailers, but the supreme court found that this did not extend to digital transactions.

The ruling was not unanimous however, with three dissenting justices arguing that consumers had lost in the decision, as such requirements were a violation of their privacy.

The majority justices disagreed with that view however, pointing out that conditions are different for transactions in person and over the Internet.

"Unlike a brick-and-mortar retailer, an online retailer cannot visually inspect the credit card, the signature on the back of the card, or the customer's photo identification," Justice Goodwin Liu wrote.

Apple had received backing in the case from Wal-Mart and eBay.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 5 Feb 2013 16:41
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  • o0cynix0o

    These same people the complain about being asked for this info are the same people that would complain about it NOT being asked if their Credit Card was stolen and used illegally.

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    5.2.2013 17:02 #1

  • Notcow

    Yeah, I agree. It doesn't matter if the customers lose OR if it's an "invasion of privacy" if it isn't explicitly against the law. If you want to do something about it, enact the law THEN complain.

    If they're not doing anything illegal then there's no reason to prevent the action.

    5.2.2013 20:25 #2

  • pmshah

    I must say the US has some stupidest laws in force dealing with privacy. Just to quote two ..

    1. One can buy a burner mobile phone that may be used by criminals and terrorists without any kind of ID.

    2. One can turn off the caller ID on their telephony devices.

    IMHO being able to buy products on line using credit card is a privilege and not a birth right. So also telephony services. Where as franchise for the US born individuals which must be a fundamental birth right, it can easily be nullified by the state legislatures by passing partisan laws. I think we, in India, have a far better model of democracy in action.

    8.2.2013 21:32 #3

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