Apple CEO Calls For Laws Curbing 'Data Industrial Complex'

Tim Cook

Tim Cook

October 25, 2018 - Wendy Davis of MediaPost writes: Federal lawmakers should pass privacy legislation that would give consumers a new set of rights, including the right to “have personal data minimized,” Apple CEO Tim Cook [pictured] said today at a privacy conference in Brussels.

"We at Apple are in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States," Cook said. He went on to propose four “essential rights” for consumers, including the rights to data minimization and the right to access data collected about them.

In a 22-minute speech, Cook criticized the “data industrial complex,” stating that personal information "is being weaponized against us with military efficiency."

Other tech companies have recently called for federal privacy legislation, but many of them appear to be seeking a national law in order to override a tough new statute in California. That measure, slated to take effect in 2020, allows consumers to learn what personal information about them is held by businesses, and to opt out of the sale of that information. Many of the industry groups to weigh on in privacy legislation this year have argued that companies should have to follow stricter standards before collecting or using “sensitive” data -- like medical information -- than “non-sensitive” data. More...