Note — Oct 28, 2018

Apple’s Tim Cook Makes Blistering Attack on the ‘Data Industrial Complex’

Seen in → No.54

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I’ve complained time and again about Apple’s closed hardware but on privacy, they are dead on. Cook praises the GDPR, offers four things to prioritize for privacy protection, and uses some strong and warranted language concerning the “data industrial complex.” (The article also includes some good comments by Europe’s data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli.)

  • The right to have personal data minimized.
  • The right to knowledge. (What and why it’s being collected.)
  • Data belongs to users.
  • The right to security. (Foundational to trust and all other privacy rights.)

“Our own information — from the everyday to the deeply personal — is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,” warned Cook. “These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded and sold.” […]

“At its core this technology promises to learn from people individually to benefit us all. But advancing AI by collecting huge personal profiles is laziness, not efficiency,” […]

“For artificial intelligence to be truly smart it must respect human values — including privacy. If we get this wrong, the dangers are profound. We can achieve both great artificial intelligence and great privacy standards. It is not only a possibility — it is a responsibility.”