Apple Has Been Accused Of ‘Intercepting’ iPhone Texts In Violation Of The Federal Wiretap Act
Apple continues to access, intercept, collect, and not deliver the text messages sent to the now non-iPhone user
Three American consumers have filed a federal lawsuit against Apple, alleging that faults in iMessage, the iPhone’s texting service, amount to wiretapping because iMessage “intercepts” and retains messages that should be delivered to Android users. (Download a PDF of the complaint here.)
The suit was triggered by customers who switched from iPhone to Android smartphones, and who discovered that they were then unable to receive texts from iPhone users after they made the switch.
Apple has denied the claims in both suits. The company declined comment when reached by Business Insider.
The new complaint is the second lawsuit seeking class-action status on behalf of all customers who found that it’s difficult to remove your phone number from Apple’s iMessage system, so texts from iPhone users end up stuck inside it instead of being delivered to your current Android phone.
The first complaint used a standard claim that Apple’s failure to deliver iPhone texts was a breach of contract that harmed consumers by preventing them from getting full use of their Android phones.