From time to time, we will be running posts from Eric Goldman's Technology & Marketing Law Blog. Sometimes they will look similar to other articles appearing on Ars; other posts will be more "bloggy" in nature. This is one of the latter.
iPhone users sued Apple and various advertising networks, alleging that defendants violated their privacy rights "by... allowing third party applications that run on [iOS devices] to collect and make use of... personal information without user consent or knowledge." The court dismisses the claims, but grants leave to amend.
Judge Koh's order has the feel of a professor grading an exam, and it covers a lot of ground, including many cases we've blogged about. (It's well worth the read.)