Apple CEO Cook pushes for privacy legislation after visit to Congress
Tim Cook talks onstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s TIME100 Summit 2022
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Cook received the letter on the same day. appeared on Capitol Hilland meeting with legislators.
Cook wrote that “While we acknowledge there are some outstanding issues to solve, but the areas in which agreement seem to far outweigh any differences,” the letter was obtained from CNBC. Your drafts will provide significant protections to consumers. We write to support this goal.
Apple, which has been the privacy-focused tech company of its peers for many years, is Cook’s favorite topic in talks and meetings. Apple often cites “privacy is fundamental human rights” as an example of its deep commitment to privacy.
It is strategic for Apple’s hardware company. Apple could benefit from legislation that controls how data is collected and processed by companies. This would be in addition to Apple’s privacy features. It might even allow Apple to get an edge over other competitors, who will need to rebuild their systems to conform to the law.
The Senate will debate an Apple-related bill. opposes. This legislation is antitrust-oriented and would require Apple to permit users to download software via the internet. Apple claims that this would be a huge benefit to customers. compromise iPhone security.
A few drafts of the privacy legislation are available. American Data Privacy and Protection Act,Congress currently considers these options.
This bill will give consumers rights and protections regarding how data is used online. It would also require companies to reduce the data that they gather on users.
It is being debated whether or not the bill will allow exceptions to be made for states which already have privacy laws such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act.
A second issue business groups face with the legislation is the ability of individuals to sue for violations. U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls the bill “abusive” and opposes it.unworkableAfter previously pressing Congress to adopt federal privacy regulations to stop a patchwork state laws, “
Apple took a different position and stated it was not concerned about details of implementation. Instead, Apple supports federal privacy legislation. Cook tweeted last week that Apple supported the “strongest privacy law possible”.
Cook stated in the letter that “we strongly urge” you to promote comprehensive privacy legislation.
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