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L.A. Joins the Growing Battle Over Location Data

Los Angeles is taking the Weather Channel to court over its treatment of app users’ location data. Expect that to be one of many such lawsuits in 2019.
A monitor advertises a new global forecasting system at the IBM booth at CES International.
A monitor advertises a new global forecasting system at the IBM booth at CES International.John Locher/AP

At CES on Tuesday, IBM unveiled what it promises will be the future of weather forecasting: a new, hyperlocal model that aims to be the most accurate yet by predicting the weather at a 1.9-mile resolution across the globe, every hour.

While it’s made possible by advancements in artificial intelligence, the data that feeds the model might prove to be a challenge. It comes from devices whose users have downloaded the company’s popular Weather Channel app.