The difference between apple and fb’s respective data privacy issues is Apple’s was a bug and unintentional whereas fb is intentionally tracking your data to sell to the highest bidder. Apples and oranges really
I’m a “no” vote because I feel Apple is no better for creating the technology that enables companies like Facebook to become no more than spying tools.
They certainly aren’t as villainous, but they are a huge enabler of other companies bad behavior via the popularization of the smartphone.
This also isn’t to detract from Facebook. But what is Apple doing for us as consumers? If they really cared about privacy, Facebook wouldn’t be in the App Store. But that’s likely an untenable position for Apple. As much as they dislike one another, the relationship between the two companies is mutually beneficial.
I find Apple’s criticism a bit odd for the aforementioned reasons. If we didn’t have these privacy zapping apps, the smartphone would be a far less useful device.
The fact that you have access to an app that will connect you to billions of people is part of value proposition of buying an iPhone. It’s not valuable because you have the choice of installing the app, or foregoing it.
Apple hugely benefits from privacy killing companies developing apps for its platform. It’s hypocritical of Apple to try and have it both ways, they’re indirectly a very real part of the problem.
Of course companies would come along and make apps that profit off of violating privacy. What did they think would happen when they opened up the iPhone to third party development?
Apple, like any tech company, conducts user or market research which sometimes involves monitoring how a person uses their product. And sometimes that research is conducted via diary studies (long term). This is normal industry practice as well as getting consent from the participant and rewarding them via some sort of pay incentive in turn for their participation. Aside from it being a tech industry standard, it follows the standards set in place with psychology experiments/research and anthropology research. Now, if we're questioning the standards and asking for better standards that would be a valid ask for any and all industries/companies utilizing these standards. Shouldn't single out FB.
At least, their business model doesn't involve selling off your personal data. At least, for external use and as a primary source of revenue. So I voted yes. I am even considering switching to iPhone for my next phone, although I'm not thrilled with their software quality.
Absolutely. And the reason being that Steve Jobs understood human psychology of feeling special by being the king( or prisoner) of an ‘exclusive’ echo system where nobody else can step in. Think of early days of iPod and iTunes stores and that awesome feeling of holding 5.7 GB full of AACs only with tracks that you like and not being forced to buy an entire album/cd ( example: Being able to buy only “Come Together” and avoid the rest of that mockery of prog rock known as Abbey Road). Apple might have lost many of Jobs chops but making ‘privacy’ exclusive is always in its gene.