Apple's Cook calls for strong digital policy in U.S.

Tim Cook supports EU’s strict privacy laws — but thinks taxes are ‘crap

Tim Cook supports EU’s strict privacy laws — but thinks taxes are ‘crap

While the US doesn't have a federal privacy law-except for data related to personal health records-each state has the power to enact its own legislation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook made his most forceful comments yet on the privacy concerns plaguing the tech industry, telling a conference in Brussels, Belgium that a "data-industrial complex" has led to eroding privacy rights around the world.

He reckons modern tech - you know, like the fricking iPhone - has enabled the creation of a "data industrial complex" whereby harvested everyday and private information of people is no "weaponised against us with military efficiency".

On data collection, he noted:"We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences".

With that said, Facebook's ex-security chief was a little unraveled by Cook's blistering commentary on his ex-company's use (and abuse) of user's privacy and hit back saying that Apple's security practices in China regarding VPN's is nothing to applaud. "Our hopes and dreams".

"These scraps of data. each one harmless enough on its own. are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold". "Companies should challenge themselves to de-identify customer data-or not to collect it in the first place", he said.

Cook, a keynote speaker on the opening day of a major conference on data protection, said during a session on privacy that while technology has an enormous potential for doing great things, it can also be a force for "great harm". Companies should recognize that data belongs to users, and we should all make it easy for users to get a copy of...correct...and delete their personal data.

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Cook also praised Europe's data protection laws, something which he was predicted to discuss yesterday: "We should celebrate the transformative work of the European institutions tasked with the successful implementation of the GDPR", said Cook.

"Your profile is then run through algorithms that can serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into hardened convictions".

Speaking in a video message streamed at the same conference, Zuckerberg said: "Instead of charging people, we charge advertisers to show ads".

This follows Apple's move to expand a set of self-service data privacy tools that it rolled out to Europeans shortly before GDPR came into effect.

'This crisis is real. It can only progress, he added, if AI is coded with a respect for human values, especially privacy. At the current time, state-by-state laws are patchy, and could be superseded by a uniform federal law. Only Cook attended in person.

And the fourth right Cook enumerated is the right to security, which he said is "foundational to trust and all other privacy rights". "Those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment".

Speaking in Brussels, Cook lauded the introduction of this law, and indirectly urged United States companies not to fear future government steps for stricter regulation of privacy.

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