Apple quits industry trade group over ‘weak privacy laws’ › Macerkopf

Apple is exiting a privacy group that advocates “industry-friendly privacy laws.” The message was first sent by politician reported and Apple confirmed the decision through a spokesperson. The move comes ahead of a global privacy summit that Apple CEO Tim Cook is opening next week.

Apple leaves the State Privacy and Security Coalition

The industry trade group, which calls itself the State Privacy and Security Coalition (SPSC), is run by law firm DLA Piper and has been criticized for pushing privacy laws that favor industry members over members. consumers.

Apple’s decision to exit the SPSC was reportedly guided by these same concerns. The Politico report explains this:

“The company’s decision to leave the secretive trade group led by major law firm DLA Piper comes as Apple continues to position itself as a privacy-conscious technology company. A source familiar with the division said Apple is leaving the group over concerns that the legislation SPSC is targeting would not adequately protect user data.”

When asked about Apple’s decision to leave the trade group, Andrew Kingman, the group’s leader and general counsel, said he “does not comment on membership changes.” However, Kingman added that the SPSC “supports a federal privacy law that provides ongoing protection for consumers.”

In the US, the SPSC campaigns for bills that have often been criticized in the past. Officially, the measures are intended to protect the privacy of users. However, critics see a clear direction that suits the industry rather than being useful to users. For example, a Utah bill supported by the SPSC provides a generous exemption for financial institutions. This gives companies a month to correct data protection violations “before the state can initiate enforcement action.” The SPSC contradicts Apple’s principles, which clearly prioritize user privacy.

Apple’s decision to leave the group comes just before the start of a global privacy summit that Tim Cook will chair next week. Apple’s CEO will deliver a keynote speech at the summit, in which he is expected to reaffirm Apple’s belief that privacy is a “fundamental human right.”

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