No, you did not read it wrong; in this episode of “too absurd processes to believe”, see how an Apple customer in California (USA) filed a class action lawsuit against the company involving a feature that offers an extra layer of security to log into your iCloud account on new devices: two-factor authentication.
According to the plaintiff, Jay Brodsky, this option «takes a lot of time out of a user’s day» and that many of these continue to suffer damage, mainly financial, given the «wasted personal time caused». In addition, he claimed that Apple applies a “coercive” policy by not allowing users to disable this feature after two weeks of activation.
In a support document, Apple explains that it prevents users from disabling two-factor authentication after the two-week period because «certain features of the latest versions of iOS and macOS require this additional layer of security.»
However, the plaintiff made two somewhat misleading claims: first, he said that with the launch of iOS 9 in September 2015, Apple activated the two-factor authentication option on his Apple ID without his authorization or knowledge (the user must activate the feature manually); second, he said that such a layer of security is required every time you turn on an Apple device (which is false, as this feature is only needed when logging into your iCloud account – which is not required when connecting an device).
Due to the alleged “Apple interference in the users’ use of the devices”, the class action requires precautionary measures, fines and penalties applied under the laws of fraud and computer abuse and invasion of privacy in the state of California. In addition, the lawsuit seeks “all funds, income and benefits” that Apple “unfairly received” from this resource. ?