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Apple Supports National Privacy Law, Cook Says


Oct 24, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook told attendees at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners that his company is “in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States.”

Cook called the argument made by some tech companies that they could “never achieve technology’s true potential” if they are “constrained by privacy regulation” as not only “just wrong,” but also “destructive.”

“We will never achieve technology’s true potential without the full faith and confidence of the people who use it,” he said, noting that legislation should be based on users having the right to access to the data companies collect and to security. “Security is foundational to trust and all other privacy rights.”

Users, too, have “should know what data is collected and what data is being collected for. That’s the only way for users to decide what’s legitimate and what isn’t. Anything less is a sham,” said Cook. Legislation also should be built on the principle that organizations must minimize the collection and storage of personal information. “Companies should challenge themselves to de-identify customer data or not collect that data in the first place,” he tweeted later.

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