The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office issued a cloudy forecast with the possibility of civil penalties for the popular Weather Channel app Friday, claiming it repeatedly violated the privacy of consumers.
In a civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, city prosecutors allege that The Weather Channel app led users to believe that it would use location data to provide them with “personalized local weather data, alerts and forecasts” but instead transmitted that data to third parties.
The 15-page suit seeks to stop TWC Product and Technology LLC, a subsidiary of IBM, from using consumers’ information and seeks civil penalties up to $2,500 for each violation by the company. Prosecutors allege that the firm profited from that data for purposes entirely unrelated to weather or the app.
The Weather Channel’s TV operations are a separate entity from The Weather Channel app and its website, weather.com.