What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by ‘privacy’

“Apple, Facebook, and Google are all firmly on the record now: they agree that privacy is a good thing, that government should protect it, and that you can trust them to respect it,” Scott Rosenberg writes for Axios. “The catch: Each company defines privacy differently and emphasizes different trade-offs in delivering it.”

“For Apple, privacy is primarily about keeping your personal data between you and your device,” Rosenberg writes.

“For Facebook, privacy chiefly means limiting who can see what you post or send. Yes, but: Facebook’s approach to privacy barely acknowledges the complaint from users and critics that they’re most concerned about how much Facebook itself knows and shares about them — and what they most want is privacy from Facebook” Rosenberg writes. “Google is now emphasizing privacy as an option that you can invoke. Yes, but: Most users never bother to change default settings. And Google still collects a ton of data, which can be a concern for those worried about government overreach.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Basically, as long as you don’t back up to iCloud or only back up things you don’t mind being accessed via court order, the only one of the three companies offering real privacy is, as it’s always been, Apple.


  1. What a laugh “Apple, Facebook, and Google are all firmly on the record now: they agree that privacy is a good thing, that government should protect it, and that you can trust them to respect it.”

    Anyone who believes that Apple’s home government is trustworthy to protect privacy probably believed that there actually was a weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq.

    The value of the signature of Apple’s home nation on the UN’s declaration of human rights:

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

    Nice words, the torture with what at Guantanamo Bay is the real indication on how much you should trust this cowardly terrorist nation.

  2. Most of the world doesn’t give a fig about privacy. They’re happy to bare their souls on the internet and all social media. Tim Cook needs to learn that privacy isn’t worth anything to most users. He needs to stop thinking he’s helping people when they don’t want his help. Google and Facebook have the entire internet locked tightly in their grips and they’re not going to just give it up. Between those two companies, they probably have more personal information than any government agency. That’s why the Feds won’t stop either of those companies. They’ll shut down Apple before they touch Google or Facebook.

    Apple is the big loser here because they’re not profiting from targeting users with ads and such. Although Apple says iPhones are the most secure hardware, they’re steadily losing customers because consumers would rather deal with less security or privacy rather than pay Apple those steep hardware prices. Apple’s Tim Cook can’t sell security or privacy to most consumers so he should just give up.

    Although Tim Cook is standing on a soapbox and insisting on how secure and private Apple is for users, Apple is still lumped in with all those other large tech companies who are actually making huge profits from personal data-mining. No one pays attention to Tim Cook and iPhone sales will continue to drop while Mark Zuckerberg can lie about Facebook’s policies for days on end and users won’t ever leave Facebook.

    Global Facebook subscriber numbers are steadily growing while iPhone buyers are steadily dropping. That’s what really matters. Apple is getting nothing from its pro-privacy/security stance. What a huge waste of effort.

  3. Not defending Facebook or Google. We know who they are, and frankly are pretty transparent about it. When Apple has no way of knowing anything about me, including, and especially, where I get my Apps, they can talk.

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