Apple CEO Tim Cook says new U.S. privacy regulations are ‘inevitable’

“Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech companies don’t build products that are inherently good or bad, but should be aware that their products can be used for evil. And he said in an interview for ‘Axios on HBO’ that new regulations are likely coming,” Mike Allen and Ina Fried report for Axios.

“‘Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation,’ Cook said in the interview. ‘I’m a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn’t worked here. I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation,’ Cook added. ‘I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something,'” Allen and Fried report.

Allen and Fried report, “Cook argued that tech companies should embrace the coming regulations: ‘This is not a matter of privacy versus profits, or privacy versus technical innovation. That’s a false choice.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Quotes from Apple CEO Tim 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.

You are not our product.

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. Whoever’s telling you that, it’s a bunch of bunk.

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4 Comments

  1. “We’ve always had a very different view of privacy than some of our colleagues in the valley. We take privacy extremely seriously. We worry a lot about location in phones, and we worry that some 14-year-old is going to get stalked, and something terrible is gonna happen because of our phone. As an example: before any app can get location data, we don’t make it a rule that they have to put up a panel and ask, because they might not follow that rule. They call our location services, and we put up the panel saying, “this app wants to use your location data is that okay with you” every time they want to use it. We do a lot of things like that to ensure that people understand what these apps are doing. That’s one of the reasons we have the curated App Store. We have rejected a lot of apps that want to take a lot of your personal data and suck it up into the cloud, a lot. A lot of people in the valley think we’re really old-fashioned about this, and maybe we are, but we worry about stuff like this. Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for in plain english and repeatedly, that’s what it means. I am an optimist I believe people are smart and some people want to share more data than other people do, ask them, ask them every time, make them tell you to stop asking them if they get tired of you asking them. Let them know precisely what you’re going to do with their data, that’s what we think.”

    Source: “Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography”

  2. I do not think most people are fully aware of what is GOING to happen. Things will evolve, period. Currently data tracking is used for selective commercial selling, and location tracking similarly.

    It is only a matter of time until it is accepted, unless this is cut off in its tracks. Once accepted, then some very very wealthy couple heads for divorce court, and with billions of dollars at stake, subpoenas are handed out to phone companies to hand over tracking data to prove where someone was at what time. The information IS there. Money can buy it.

    That is just the beginning. Did you attend a party on such and such day at this time? Do you go to a church regularly? Did you meet with a known criminal that committed that news story crime? Did you as a County Supervisor meet with two other supervisors secretly and collude? . . . wait a minute . . Hey, tracking might be good!

    Seriously, with the wrong prosecutor, tracking can put you in jeopardy even when you didN’T do anything other than be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It can and will be used against you in a Big Brother government or other . . .

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