Televisa announced it was filing a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc over the company’s “Informal Letter” feature that enables users to send legal letters to the company.
The complaint comes on the heels of a similar lawsuit filed last week in Spain over the feature, which allows users to communicate directly with Apple over the messaging app.
According to the complaint, the feature is designed to improve communication between users, while reducing the risk of frivolous lawsuits, and thus “imposing unreasonable limits on the capacity to communicate, the ability of users to collect and distribute information and the right of the company to collect data from users.”
The lawsuit alleges that the feature does not violate the EU data protection law and that it is not designed to circumvent the privacy rights of the user.
“Apple’s Informal Letters feature facilitates the free exchange of data between users and allows users and their data subjects to make use of the service without any additional steps, without requiring any consent,” the lawsuit reads.
“As a result, Apple’s Informativo G24 allows for an increased degree of communication between a user and the company.”
The Spanish case follows similar lawsuits filed in other European countries, including Italy and France.
Last month, Apple said it was not infringing on the EU’s Data Protection Act when it implemented a feature that allows users “to send legal letter” directly to the Spanish company, and that “no consent was required” to send the letters.
In addition, Apple says it does not interfere with other users’ privacy and “does not provide any other form of personal information or advertising.”
The company said it would not comment further on the lawsuit.