According to a recent write up on jdsupra.com, a California Judge has denied a motion requesting the modification of a discovery order which grants Apple the authority to have full forensic images made of 10 iPhones. The plaintiffs made the motion as a response to concerns about the private data that would be included in a full forensic image of their devices. This data includes content such as photos, text messages, contact lists and passwords. Instead the plaintiffs requested that the scope of discovery be narrowed to include only “limited diagnostic data”. Counsel for Apple maintained that full forensic collections would be necessary for their case.
In the end the court denied the plaintiffs motion. The court found instead that because the plaintiffs “put the performance of the devices at the center of the lawsuit” and that because the order requires a neutral third party create the images and conduct the performance testing, any privacy violation was significantly lessened.
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