Tim Cook Calls for Privacy Laws

by Oct 24, 2018

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, presented the keynote speech at the 40th Annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. In his speech, Mr. Cook spoke to the need for the U.S. to create federal policy protecting citizens rights to privacy, and praised EU leaders in their development of Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). A full transcript of the speech can be found on ComputerWorld.com’s website.

Of specific note, we would like to point out some very compelling quotes that we at WebSafe Academy believe underscore our mission of helping parents keep their kids safe online. Here Mr. Cook speaks to how the collection of data has become an industry…

“Today that trade has exploded into a data industrial complex. Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.

Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, Our relationships and conversations…Our wishes and fears…Our hopes and dreams.”

He then broke down four essential tenants which should become the foundation of any policy…

“First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to de-identify customer data—or not to collect it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge. Users should always know what data is being collected and what it is being collected for. This is the only way to empower users to decide what collection is legitimate and what isn’t. Anything less is a sham. Third, the right to access. 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. And fourth, the right to security. Security is foundational to trust and all other privacy rights.“

What we found most compelling is this part of the speech…

“We are responsible, however, for recognizing that the devices we make and the platforms we build have real…lasting…even permanent effects on the individuals and communities who use them.“

WebSafe Academy strongly believes that developers should not be restricted in what they build. At the same time, we believe their creations should be constructed with the mindfulness that parents should be provided the tools necessary to prevent children’s data from being collected, and additionally, grant parents the ability to disable features that are intended for adults.

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