CUPERTINO (CBS SF) — Apple was awarded a patent Thursday for a system allowing it to deliver mobile ads to customers based on the amount of money the company thinks you have in your bank account.
Apple’s new technology is designed to “target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements and purchasing the advertised goods and services,” the patent application read.READ MORE: Dixie Fire Update: New Mandatory Evacuations Issued for Area Near Greenville
Apple could use the technology to compare those user profiles “based on the amount of pre-paid credit available to each user.”
The technology helps target users who can afford to pay for items they are advertising by tracking their credit and debit cards, increasing “the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements and purchasing the advertised goods and services.”READ MORE: UPDATE: Lanes Reopen After Jumper From Overpass Shuts Down I-580 in Oakland
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made recents statements saying the company is not interested in monetizing users’ personal or financial data.
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