Apple CEO Tim Cook used a speech at the IABP conference in Washington, DC today to create competitive reforms that would allow the iPhone maker to sideline the app as a threat to privacy and security.
His comments did not mention any specific legislation, but moves are being made on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The ongoing lawsuits between Epic and Apple also focus on App Store restrictions.
In a keynote address this morning, Cook reiterated a long-standing claim that Apple believes privacy is “a fundamental human right” – adding that it would take too long to undermine the Internet, once again attacking the “data-based industrial complex built on surveillance”. Privacy of users for its own business profit.
That’s why Cook said Apple has developed a series of features in recent years that help users counter business tracking – and “have more control over their personal information” – an app tracking transparency feature added last year. Apple has introduced a security feature that allows users to track them or email addresses, making it difficult for third parties to connect users’ Internet activity across different services.
But the Apple CEO soon sought to tie up threats to user privacy – which he suggested should be resisted by imposing more restrictions to make it harder for users to monitor – with the broader issue of security threats posed by malware such as ransomware – continuing. They argue that providing additional control over users’ choice of downloadable third-party software will not help security as a superficial incentive for privacy.
Instead, Cook argued, he suggested giving users a choice to go beyond the “strict security precautions”, either by allowing iOS users to be sidelined in the Apple App Store (through the app review process) or by removing the “most secure choice” across the Apple App Store. Reducing their control.
“I fear we will soon lose the ability to provide some of those protections,” he suggested, designing competition-centric regulations as a risk to both “our privacy and security”.
While Cook said some of these regulatory reforms may be well-intentioned, he drew a huge negative effect on users – forcing Apple’s to open iPhones for apps that avoid app store reviews by sideloading “data-hungry companies can bypass our privacy rules and re-monitor our users against their will.”
“Apple is deeply concerned about the terms and conditions undermining privacy and security in the service for some other purpose,” he said.
Here he points to an example of pseudo-COVID tracing applications that ransomware infected the devices of some (non-iPhone) smartphone users at the beginning of the epidemic, targeting individuals who could “install apps from unsecured websites in the App Store”. It.
“Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.” It can put a lot of pressure on people to get involved in the App Store. The privacy and security of the App Store may not be protected. “
“We have long said that security is the foundation of privacy – because there is no privacy in the world where your personal data can be stolen without punishment. This threat has never been so deep before, or the consequences are even greater,” Cook argued.
He expressed this view even more strongly shortly after the speech – warning that forcing Apple to allow undetected applications on iPhones would have “deep” unplanned consequences.
“When we see that, we feel obligated to speak up – and ask policymakers to work with us to advance the goals we share, without compromising privacy in the process,” he said. Urges the privacy community attending the conference to “ensure that the rules are designed, interpreted and implemented in a way that protects the fundamental rights of the people.”
Cook ended his speech by describing regulatory changes in competition policy as “an important moment in the battle for privacy”.
“Those who create the technology and create the rules that govern it have a deep responsibility to the people we serve,” he added. “We accept that responsibility. We will protect our data and our digital world.
This argument is not new to Apple; The company has repeatedly sought to counter policy moves that reduce the ability to control iOS, putting such programs at risk for security and, more widely, degrading the premium user experience.
However Apple’s apps review process is not very accurate and does not guarantee that iOS users will always be protected from scams and scams or malware in the App Store. Similarly, Apple’s heavily marketed privacy features do not provide proper protection for users against tracking. True, as always, gray.
So, it doesn’t seem like a big leap to think of the laws that provide iOS users desire To sideline apps – if they accept that risk – does not mean the end of privacy and security on iOS.