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[Various] Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”

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Cook: Tech companies should de-identify customer data or not collect it at all.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook today called on the US government to pass "a comprehensive federal privacy law," saying that tech companies that collect wide swaths of user data are engaging in surveillance.

Speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels, Cook said that businesses are creating "an enduring digital profile" of each user and that the trade of such data "has exploded into a data-industrial complex."

"This is surveillance," Cook said. "And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them. This should make us very uncomfortable."

Video of the speech is on YouTube, and Computerworld published a transcript.

https://youtu.be/kVhOLkIs20A
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“Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies. Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or crazy.”

The Apple boss also applauded Europe for its recent implementation of the GDPR privacy regulations. “It is time for the rest of the world … to follow [Europe’s] lead,” said Cook. “We at Apple are in full support of comprehensive federal privacy laws in the United States.”

Cook believes that lawmakers should come up with laws governing privacy as a fundamental human right.
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"These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold." "Your profile is then run through algorithms that can serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into hardened convictions," Cook said.
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As always, there are some lingering questions regarding certain corporate actions that might not be consistent with this and at the end of the Ars article that is highlighted:


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Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos responded to Cook on Twitter today, questioning Apple's commitment to privacy in China. "Apple needs to document how they protect data stored by a PRC-owned cloud provider," Stamos wrote. "In particular, Apple should explain under what circumstances [the Chinese state-owned company] can access iCloud backups. iMessage is the only E2E [end-to-end] encrypted app allowed by the Great Firewall; what was required to get this concession from the Ministry of State Security?"

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I fully support this! The problem with US government is that it's controlled by who spends the most money backing political campaigners and lobbyist. There aren't advocates for the average Joe who can't afford to spend millions pushing their agenda. I doubt this will go smoothy, considering the internet we know was designed as a surveillance system.

Both AMD and Intel have sub processors that can turn the system on from a depowered state, control the main processor, access data storage and have internet access. The security around it is based on obfuscation, which never holds up in the long run. People have already found loop holes and systems have been adjusted as a result.

Smart phones are also the worlds most advanced tracking system. Complete with duel facing cameras, microphone, GPS, and the ability to track and monitor all contacts. All these companies are US based, and it's no wonder that the US is the military and technology leader in the industry.
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That's not news, it's old news. Everyone knows it's happening, but the average Joe doesn't think their information is valuable in the same way big data companies do. 50 million users were hacked on Facebook, but people continue using Facebook on a daily basis.
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The hacked accounts are selling for between $3 and $12, though it is only possible to purchase them using semi-anonymous digital currencies like bitcoin and bitcoin cash.
If sold individually at these prices, the value of the stolen data on the black market would be somewhere between $150m and $600m.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a8564671.html

Consumers need protections. The 4th amendment covers physical privacy, but not digital. Our constitution is not up date with the times. The problem is, our government is no longer protecting individuals, it's the perpetrator. I except to see a lot of resistance and doubt any laws will protect consumers in the next 5-10 years.

I also don't believe Apple is the saint they claim to be. Fortunately it doesn't take a saint to make changes, we just need a champion with a loud enough voice and enough people supporting them. Meanwhile, enjoy the free marketing Apple, well played.
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not just strong privacy law, they should also make a data security law to make it less likely for data breach to do anything significantly damaging.

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Lol yet Apple complies with China to remove VPN app availability for it's citizens in their app store...

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China makes their own rules. You either comply or you get out. Their influence there is null unlike in the USA.
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coming from Apple, that is rich
sure they protect your data probably better than Google, Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft, but that's not saying much

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Maybe look at your own house first Cook, Apple is the same as all other corporations collecting data and selling them, even giving them away to identify individuals and break their privacy, endless backdoors.

The only solution to this problem may come from open source software that enforces decent encryption of everything along with location tracking/identifying minimization, but oh wait that is exactly what most agencies, governments etc. those in power over our data right now, fight against because then people could actually talk more freely without being constantly spied upon on. And no one buys the "oh no such technologies are only used by terrorists to plan attacks", let's face it, many terrorist attacks are government/agency ordered in secret or were outright provoked by invading a foreign country for resources or making a proxy war there.

Laws won't change a thing anyway, so they won't do it officially but instead unofficially, like they do many other things. It's all about the people in power, not even the people who pass laws necessarily. How many laws were enforced upon corporations? Almost none. Usually they get bailed out with normal people's money by government, that's how generously they punish them. The more they break laws the easier they can get away with it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by twitchyzero View Post
coming from Apple, that is rich
sure they protect your data probably better than Google, Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft, but that's not saying much
Yea that's their only saving grace. iOS/Mac OS still spies on it's users a hell lot, it just pales in comparison to Microsoft/Google as they aren't an advertising business primarily. (They are a software business that considers themselves a "hardware business" by selling grossly overpriced commercial off the shelf hardware) They are more secure enough to lure over users to their platform for being more secure while they still likely have enough backdoors/medata to satisfy the government.

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The only solution to this problem may come from open source software that enforces decent encryption of everything along with location tracking/identifying minimization,
That's the messed up part. Literally right now, the only way to protect yourself is to go 100% open source software/self-run in the desktop, mobile & cloud areas and other than maybe a fraction of 1%; most people aren't doing it even those in the slightly larger percentage of people who have the technical abilities to do it.

The open source community/software realm is booming and expanding like never before but nevertheless it's still only a tiny fraction of the overall user base due to the fact that it usually can't be acquired in a no-frills off the shelf product; rather it requires DIY backyard basement build tinkering. It's ridiculous that one cannot buy off the shelf products anymore that are free of backdoor/analytics/data-mining/etc crap and you have to resort to doing some backyard DIY stuff if you want any kind of privacy.

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