Apple's Privacy Chief Jane Horvath to Speak at EU Data Protection Conference

Apple's privacy chief Jane Horvath is listed as a speaker at the 2022 Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference in Brussels, Belgium. Apple is also sponsoring the conference, which is scheduled for May 23 through May 25.

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It's unclear when Horvath will speak or what topics she plans to discuss at the conference, but Apple has been advocating against the EU's proposed Digital Markets Act that would require Apple to allow sideloading of apps on the iPhone outside of the App Store. At past conferences, Apple executives like CEO Tim Cook and software engineering chief Craig Federighi have argued that sideloading poses privacy and security risks.

Cook spoke at last year's Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, where he implied that companies like Facebook with a business model of maximizing engagement through algorithms can lead to polarization and violence.

"At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement — the longer the better — and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible," said Cook, adding that "it is long past time to stop pretending that this approach doesn't come with a cost — of polarization, of lost trust and, yes, of violence."

Horvath joined Apple in 2011 as Senior Director of Global Privacy and now holds the title of Chief Privacy Officer at the company. She has two decades of information privacy and legal experience, with her previous roles including Global Privacy Counsel at Google and Chief Privacy Counsel and Civil Liberties Officer at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Top Rated Comments

BootsWalking Avatar
27 months ago
Maybe Apple will announce they're no longer accept $12 Billion/year from Google to make them the default iOS search engine and thus stop enabling Google's monetization of Apple's customers' privacy...

Nah, they're going to talk about side-loading instead.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikethemartian Avatar
27 months ago
Are praying hands a requirement now to be an exec at Apple?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
27 months ago
The EU doesn't care about privacy beyond lip service.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AltecX Avatar
27 months ago
I don't get why they just don't make you go through a process to enable Sideloading. Like you must go into a menu then click a toggle than accept an agreement that you're taking your own chances sideloading apps, and any results of that are on you and Apples not liable.

I feel a majority of people will still use the app store out of ignorance to how sideloading works or convenience.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Naraxus Avatar
27 months ago
Apple has some nerve attending privacy conferences. Their stance on privacy is finally being seen for the complete marketing ******** it always was. Apple's attempt to slip in spyware to iOS (God knows what they're doing on the rest of their OSs) is where their claims of privacy went out the window.

Despite Tim's complete chutzpah the cat is out of the bag. It's about money for Apple. It always has been.

They can talk a good game but when they employ slave labor, pay bribes to the CCP, put their customer data on governemnt servers, help to shut down dissent whenever they can and do everything they can to please their Chinese masters they can take their claims of "respecting user privacy" and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
27 months ago

We all know why Apple is sponsoring the conference. ?
There are a lot of companies that are sponsoring it tho. But the main issue Apple is having is with the whole “Sideloading”.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)