apple app store LogoWith all of the hoopla made over every time Apple denies an application access to the App Store, you have to wonder how ones that illegally harvest cell phone numbers make it through.

An iPhone user in Washington state named Michael Turner is looking to start a class action lawsuit against iPhone app developer Storm8 according to MediaPost.

The company is the maker of popular game apps such as “Vampires Live” and “Zombies Live”, and it is now known that their applications have been sending user’s phone numbers back to their central office.  The company claims that this was a bug in their games and that it has now been fixed.

Mr. Turner claims that this action actually violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and that is what he is seeking to sue the company under.  Unfortunately Mr. Turner may have a long road ahead of him due to the fact that particular act states that the act must have “impaired the integrity of the data stored on a protected computer.”  Also, legal experts are saying that the collection of the phone number is not that sensitive as other data.

Either way, win or lose, Mr. Turner is correct to have at least brought this to everyone’s attention.  Sure what Storm8 did was improper, but not necessarily that harmful.  What is harmful is when you start to wonder that if this got past Apple, what else is lurking in those other 100,000 applications they are so proud of?

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