What’s Going On? On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to Congress and urged them to pass a federal data privacy law. In an interview with ABC News, Cook verbally expressed why people should be skeptical when it comes to large companies and how they handle your data. For the past couple of years these companies have lied saying they will protect their consumers’ interest and data, but then not followed through with any internal policing or monitoring whatsoever.
Cook’s Interview Briefly Summarized: In the ABC interview Cook touches on antitrust laws and our nation’s need for data protection. “I think we can all admit that when you’ve tried to do something and companies haven’t self policed, that it’s time to have rigorous regulation,” Cook explained, “and I think we’ve passed that time.” Cook also said regulators are too focused on antitrust action and not focused enough on data privacy. Breaking up big tech companies without paying attention to how much user data is still being collected is pointless, he said.
What to Make of it: You can view what Tim Cook said through two different lenses at least. You can be optimistic about Apple CEO Tim Cook saying all of this because he genuinely believes it and wants protection and regulation for consumers’ data and its usage, or the more pessimistic approach. Being that he has a very close relationship with the current U.S. President and knows Apple will be given lots of leniency when dealing with legal matters and issues regarding data usage. The significance is not his intention, but just him publicly stating and calling on Congress to pass some sort of federal privacy law is enormous. With January 1, 2020 right around the corner and the CCPA going into effect, it will be interesting to see if it is used to help frame a potential federal data bill.