Tech Advocacy Group That Includes Apple Meeting This Wednesday to Discuss Online Privacy

ITI logoMembers of the Information Technology Industry Council plan to meet this Wednesday, June 27 in San Francisco to discuss "how to tackle growing questions and concerns about consumer privacy online."

The news comes from Axios, and members of ITI in attendance will reportedly include Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Dropbox, and more -- although specific attendees have not been confirmed by the organization.

ITI has organized all-day meetings that will focus on topics about online privacy in the wake of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation and the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

ITI CEO Dean Garfield told Axios that tech companies are aware there's a "new sense of urgency around consumer privacy." The organization also said that the new meet-up of tech leaders is "not a direct result" of alleged conversations brewing within the Trump administration about a U.S. "counter-weight" to Europe's GDPR.

"Just because Europe has taken a comprehensive approach doesn't mean our different approach is deficient," Garfield said. "And just because Europe is early doesn't mean it's best or final. But we should always be thinking about how we evolve to make sure consumers have trust in our products."

In that report last week, Trump advisor Gail Slater was said to have discussed a U.S. version of GDPR with Garfield, although Slater stated the White House has no desire to create a "U.S. clone" of Europe's rules. Slater claimed that "giving consumers more control over their data" and "more access to their data" are high marks of the GDPR, suggesting these aspects would be emphasized in the U.S. law if it ever comes to pass.

While lawmakers and advocacy groups discuss online customer privacy, individual companies have promised some form of enhanced user privacy on a global scale in the wake of GDPR. For Apple, the company launched a new Data & Privacy website that lets users download all of the data associated with their Apple ID. Prior to GDPR, last September Apple revamped its privacy website so that its various policies could be more accessible and easy-to-read for its customers.

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Top Rated Comments

iamgalt Avatar
79 months ago
Facebook? At a conference to discuss online privacy? HA HA. You're about 3 months late for the April Fools joke. Next you're going to tell me that Google will be there too.
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truthertech Avatar
79 months ago
“My experience is that they’ve always viewed privacy as a foundational principle, but the question of how do you give meaning to it and talk about it in a way that resonates is now something that’s more pressing,” he said.

You took this quote out, and my comment to it, but it was an important part of the debate. The problem is that privacy has never been "foundational" to companies like Google, Facebook and others. Their business model is built on people not having privacy or they would go out of business, so every move they make to give lip service to the idea of privacy is essentially a fraud as they maneuver elsewhere to try and capture even more of everyone's private information.
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truthertech Avatar
79 months ago
Boy look at that company list, other than Apple it’s virtually all surveillance capitalism dependent companies...I doubt much in the interest of user privacy will come from these guys.

Truthertech I think your on target, except for the part about these guys going out of business (at least for Google & Facebook) they could survive but wouldn’t be as profitable if they respected their users privacy. JMHO
They would go out of business because they couldn't afford the massive number of employees, servers, software engineers etc., necessary to offer their products and services for "free" as their ad revenue would plummet. They wouldn't have an information advantage anymore and internet based advertising is extraordinarily ineffective even with the current targeting, but if you remove the ability for Google to know that someone is pregnant and lives in a particular city, supports environmental causes and has a particular level of income, the green diaper service isn't paying Google any more. Ditto the law firm that specializes in high value divorces in the Houston area needs to have Google tell them which people above a certain level of income who live in the Houston area and are having marital problems, etc. Think of the billions it costs Google and Apple to maintain their Mapping services. Apple leverages theirs as part of the Apple ecosystem people buy into. Google only can maintain theirs by selling access to the data they get on where people drive, who and where they visit, how long they stay, etc., to others. Ditto Facebook.
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zakarhino Avatar
79 months ago
Facebook, Dropbox, and Microsoft should not be in the same sentence with the word “privacy”.

some people call Windows 10 “the NSA edition”
[doublepost=1529974362][/doublepost]This is what the Android guys just don't seem to get when they try convincing people that Android is a superior OS. I don't care how many features you have or how incredible your OS is, I will never run Google spyware on my phone.
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Sasparilla Avatar
79 months ago
>>Boy look at that company list, other than Apple it’s virtually all surveillance capitalism dependent companies...I doubt much in the interest of user privacy will come from these guys. <<

Have to say I was mistaken on the list, Facebook is the baddie (I thought I saw Google there as well but its not). The rest of the list beyond Apple only benefit indirectly but significantly from business with surveillance capitalism entities (Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung etc.). Apple is alone in the woods on privacy with all this. The rest of these guys (for the most part) benefit financially if there's no privacy limits to their users data.

Truthertech I think your on target, except for the part about these guys going out of business (at least for Google & Facebook) they could survive but wouldn’t be as profitable if they respected their users privacy. JMHO
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)