Roger McNamee: Apple has done extraordinary things to protect user privacy

“Apple is framing itself as better at data privacy and protection than other tech giants — and it is, Elevation Partners’ co-founder Roger McNamee told CNBC on Wednesday,” Chloe Aiello reports for CNBC. “‘Apple has really done extraordinary things over the last year to protect consumer privacy, but also to create security,’ McNamee said on CNBC’s Closing Bell. ‘For implementing [data protection measures] in products without being forced to by the government, they really are a beacon of hope,’ he added.”

“McNamee’s comments follow an interview of Apple CEO Tim Cook with Vice News Tonight that aired on Tuesday. In the interview, Cook stopped short of naming names, but seemed to admonish the likes of advertising giants Facebook and Google, which rely on data sharing with third parties,” Aiello reports. “‘The narrative that some companies will try to get you to believe is: ‘I’ve got to take all of your data to make my service better.’ Well, don’t believe them,’ Cook told Vice. ‘Whoever’s telling you that, it’s a bunch of bunk,’ he added.”

“McNamee emphasized that it is important to address data privacy, what with ‘the hack at Facebook, some of the issues going on with internet of things,’ which include Amazon’s Alexa products and Google’s home suite,” Aiello reports. “McNamee recommended companies follow Apple’s lead — but even that might not be enough. ‘I really think Cook is not only right on this issue, but this is a place where I think the government will have to step in,’ McNamee said… McNamee said the U.S. needs legislation that follows the basic framework of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, but more tailored to the United States.”

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MacDailyNews Take: On these points, we agree with McNamee wholeheartedly, seemingly as does Apple CEO Cook:

I see privacy as one of the most important issues of the twenty-first century. We’re at a stage now where more information about you is online and on your phone than there is in your house… We [at Apple] take that very seriously. I’m not a pro-regulation kind of person. I believe in the free market. Deeply… [but] I think some level of government regulation is important to come out of that.Apple CEO Tim Cook, October 2018

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Google to pay $5.5 million for sneaking around Apple’s privacy settings to collect user data – August 31, 2016
Apple takes a swing at privacy-tampling, personal data-guzzling rivals like Google – September 29, 2015
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Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014


  1. McNamee said the U.S. needs legislation that follows the basic framework of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, but more tailored to the United States.”

    My guess about tailoring the GDPR legislation to the United States is that it will become diluted to such an extent that it will be useless. Big corporations will have paid a huge amount of money to lobbyists in order to ensure that they can carry on as before.

  2. Extraordinary isn’t saying much. No tech giant gives a shit about your privacy or security unless they can gouge you for it. Which is what Apple has decided to do, incidentally.

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