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US technology giant Apple said it had made its first compensation payment in South Korea over a feature on its iPhone that can track the location of users.
Apple Korea confirmed overnight it had paid one million won ($A888.85) to Kim Hyung-suk, complying with a compensation order from a court in the southern city of Changwon.
Kim, a 36-year-old lawyer, filed the suit on April 26. He said the smartphone's location recording infringed on his constitutional rights to privacy and freedom and caused psychological stress.
He demanded one million won, and the court ordered Apple to pay the sum for violating his privacy.
The settlement was expected to trigger an array of similar lawsuits since South Korea has about three million iPhone users.
Kim vowed to invite other iPhone users to lodge a joint suit against Apple.
"Amassing location data without iPhone users' consent constitutes an apparent legal violation," Kim told Yonhap news agency.
About 300 people have signed up to join Kim's campaign so far through a website that he opened overnight, Yonhap said.