Apple CEO Cook promotes privacy as ‘fundamental human right’ via tweetstorm; asks ‘What kind of world do we want to live in?’

Apple CEO Tim Cook today took to Twitter, writing:

It was an honor to be invited to #ICDPPC2018 in Brussels this morning.

I’d like to share a bit of what I said to this gathering of privacy regulators from around the world.

It all boils down to a fundamental question: What kind of world do we want to live in?

MacDailyNews Take: Cook’s message is getting out far and wide. Will it even reach and finally penetrate the thick skulls of the ignorant suckers toting around Apple IP-infringing, privacy-trampling, user-tracking Android devices?

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    1. I’m not too concerned with commentators who can interpret a concern for personal privacy as a “left-wing rant.” I hadn’t realized that Patently Apple had been taken over by authoritarians.

  1. Funny that he has to promote something his country signed.

    Article 12 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

    “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

    Of course we all know that Apple’s home nation has no regard for human rights, notably Article 5 (there are others).

    “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

    That one was flushed down the toilet with the Guantanamobushobummerchumpo on the Bay Resort. Nice betrayal of humanity but nothing from that fifth rate nation surprises me.

    1. I don’t think that law protects individuals that willingly participate in interfering with their privacy by actively using such services. Sort of like telling someone with a knife to stop cutting themselves.

    2. Every country on planet Earth has signed some treaty or UN agreement, without actually following the terms. I mean, big international agreements like the Paris Climate Accord are totally voluntary. You can sign it, and yet you don’t have to live up to it. And even if it weren’t voluntary, you still have the “free rider” problem, where countries will cheat.

      As for human rights, how many countries with indigenous populations, now in the minority, respected the human rights of those indigenous people?

      And as for Article 5, has any country that has gone to war, not broken Article 5?

      As an aside, my college classmate was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, until recently resigning in protest.

      1. Yes, it certainly is something that is a target, though many do not reach it, and it is certainly now legally binding. That being said you could as you did ask about the indigenous situation or the status of countries at war or some other situation. To the last point I might agree though there are countries that don’t have a fetish for war.

        However, one could look at the countries that are making strides, by looking at items such as the Global Peace Index and countries that are making strides with human rights.

        Apple’s home nation is nowhere in the top 10 on either of those lists, so lots of work to be done there.

      2. Just a follow up on your comment, to enhance the point out the relativity of the situation.

        I refer you to table 3 of this article

        The life expectancy of indigenous (native/aboriginal) people in the four countries reviewed shows that all of them could make progress, but if you look at the results in Table 3 you’ll see that one country sticks out.

        Indigenous people living in New Zealand, Canada and the United States have a lower life expectancy between 6-9 years. Not good and certainly it can be improved. Australian aboriginal people on the other hand have a life expectancy 23 years lower than that of their non-aboriginal counterparts.

        If you look at the trends over the years using the same table, the New Zealand and Canadian situation is slightly improving over the years, while the opposite is true for the United States and for Australia, it’s getting relatively worse.

        These situations are influenced by historical and cultural forces and they can take a long time to mend. Many countries with an indigenous population have to deal with that.

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