Apple and Privacy

Lots of distinction between Apple, Google and Facebook, even more so when it comes to privacy. Clue – Apple’s product is very clear. Googles and Facebooks? You have to look into a mirror.

All of this great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless if it came at the expense of your privacy.

Apple SVP Craig Federighi

“It’s a powerful technology that allows us to use information from users and still maintain user privacy,” said Apple’s Sebastien Marineau-Mes in remarks during the keynote event.

Still, it’s a relatively new approach. And despite the emphasis on privacy, critics worry whether any amount of shrouding of data is enough to guard private information.

.. I wonder if those are the same critics that fill up John Gruber’s Claim Chowder drawer.

Source – Recode

Platforms. Scamming. Privacy. Infinity. Windoze.

A great, if busy past week that saw me at UC Davis for two days, working with teams of very bright students as part of their Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy [ File that under Passion and People ], down at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, attending VRM Day with Doc Searls and the team that makes up The VRM Project [ Put this one under People ], engaged with My Mentor, a new start up launching in the UK [ this one goes under People and Platforms ] and got invited (and I accepted) to be a featured contributor on BizCatlyst 360 [ In case you are wondering … Passion ]

I have just requested a 3.0 version upgrade on my time module, so once that is installed I will endeavor to write individual posts about some of these topics over the next week.

Meanwhile these are the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears last week.

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The UN High Commissioner Weighs In On The FBI Case

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged the US authorities to proceed with great caution in the ongoing legal process involving the Apple computer company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), given its potentially negative ramifications for the human rights of people all over the world.

[ Source : Zeid : OHCHR ]

Living Under Rocks

I found this an interesting read. Not for the headline;

Apple’s Cook is second most favorable tech CEO in poll of registered voters

… but rather for some of the comments in the body …

  • “About four out of 10 respondents (39 percent) said they view the Apple leader favorably. Most of the rest (44 percent) said they hadn’t heard of him or have no opinion.” (love to know the detail of that split.)
  • “12 percent said they hadn’t heard much about the Apple controversy, and another 12 percent said they’d heard nothing about it.
  • “when respondents saw some of Apple’s arguments laid out before them, they grew more likely to support the tech giant’s position in the debate.”

Bottom line – ask people who know nothing about a case what they think and you get the answer you would expect. George Orwell’s Groupthink comes to mind.

 

Scott Galloway Needs To Stick To What He Knows.

I like Scott Galloway, when he sticks to what he knows. On brand, he knows a lot. And he is all about brand. So much so that he of all people should know what it means to stick to your brand. He didn’t. Not on this occasion.

This was his podcast on the 23rd of this month. The caption reads :

Why is Apple a loser? L2 Founder and NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway calls Tim Cook’s concern about consumers’ privacy disingenuous.

I am not going to waste my time rekeying what he said. It’s not worth my time. Its not even worth my time to relisten to what he said. He is wrong. He is not just wrong because I disagree with him, he is wrong because of the massive over simplification he is making about the situation. He also weakens his argument by introduces a totally unconnected piece of crap at the end of the piece (but that is a different story.)

I heard it and was going to ignore it, but then two days later he produced this …

https://www.l2inc.com/scott-galloway-on-apple-vs-fbi-sorry-not-sorry/2016/blog

Turn out that his listeners – at a ratio of 10 to 1 agreed with me. And so, he responded. Don’t worry. It’s just more rambling, ill-informed, spurious crap.

I will go back to listening to him when he gets back to brand, or learns about the issues he rambles on about.

Meanwhile – some thoughts on why he is wrong (just from this site)

Pandora |
Our Security … Ours |
What Moral Authority |
Why This Argument Is Important |