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Analysis At a European conference for privacy watchdogs on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook praised EU data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli for defending privacy and warned that technology, for all its utility, can do harm rather than good.
"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," Cook said. "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."
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Cook lamented the tech industry's data-driven economy without invoking the names of ad-focused companies like Facebook or Google, the traditional villains when Apple plays privacy paladin.
"Today [the gossip trade criticized by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1890] has exploded into a data industrial complex," said Cook. "Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency."
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And he took at swing at data gathering to feed artificial intelligence algorithms. "Advancing AI by collecting huge personal profiles is laziness, not efficiency," he said. "For artificial intelligence to be truly smart, it must respect human values including privacy."
Cook repeated his contention that "privacy is a fundamental human right" while also recognizing that "not everyone sees it that way," a tacit at admission that in the absence of broad legal support it's not much of a right.
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Apple it might be argued does not see it that way when it sells Google access to iOS customers for $9bn. That's how much Google is expected to pay Apple this year to be the default search provider on iDevices, according to a Goldman Sachs estimate.
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