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Apple answers Congress' questions on customer privacy

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It says "the customer is not our product"



What just happened? Last month saw the House Committee on Energy and Commerce send letters to the CEOs of Apple and Alphabet asking questions about the companies’ data collection policies. Now, Apple has responded.

The Cupertino firm’s director of federal government affairs, Timothy Powderly, explained in the reply letter that Apple considers privacy to be a “fundamental human right.”

"We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and purposely design our products and services to minimize our collection of customer data," Powderly wrote. “When we do collect data, we’re transparent about it and work to disassociate it from the user. We utilize on-device processing to minimize data collection by Apple.”

The letter echoes Apple’s previous statements on the matter, emphasizing that, unlike other big tech firms, the company’s business model is not dependent on selling identifiable user information to advertisers.

“The customer is not our product, and our business model does not depend on collecting vast amounts of personally identifiable information to enrich targeted profiles marketed to advertisers.”

Apple also addresses concerns over reports that its iPhones could collect ‘non-triggered’ audio from a conversation in order to identify the ‘trigger’ phase; in this case, “Hey Siri.” The company said iPhones don’t record audio while listening for these words and Siri does not share spoken words with third parties. It added that users must approve microphone access and apps must clearly display a sign that they are listening.

The company said it had removed apps from its App Store but didn’t reveal if it had ever banned a developer.

“Apple does not and cannot monitor what developers do with the customer data they have collected, or prevent the onward transfer of that data, nor do we have the ability to ensure a developer’s compliance with their own privacy policies or local law,” it wrote.

The letter also answered questions relating to Wi-Fi hotspots, Bluetooth connections, iOS, and more. You can read it in its entirety Here.


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But they still joined Prism in 2012.


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On 8/9/2018 at 8:05 AM, orbystorm said:

But they still joined Prism in 2012.

Oh they was snitching people out  to NSA 10 years before Prism even under the patriot act but no normal person would be of any interest to the NSA. i use be on a chat platform before and after 9-11 that helped the NSA catch terrorist and they never bothered  me for acting a fool in chat. Don't let these companies fool you they have no choice but to follow the laws of the land . it just like if they ever pass laws to put backdoors in encryption  Apple will have no choice but to follow the law just like under the patriot act they dont have choice in the matter.  Hell apple has to follow the law in China and in every country they do business in. i bet they don't be giving the citizens of China privacy when the Government ask for info or they would be put in jail and closed down in China.  


The NSA not going to admit to spying on no USA citizen no how if they ask Apple this under the new laws they would get in serious trouble so they just use Black Opts and the FBI to do it, but if you are not from the USA and you are a  Government worker,  hacker or terrorist or associate with them you're fair game if they come after you they going send the CIA or you're own Government in to get you, they just feed info too many  Governments and Law enforcement. Its just like when they caught all them terrorist after 9-11 they used the FBI and CIA and held all them down in there prison in Cuba the reason they do it down there because the CIA can't do what they do in the USA legally, but they have Black Opts that do any how but no one know who they are.


Laws with the NSA  are not the same as they was in 2012 ether I never worried about the NSA even before laws changed , If you doing something to try to harm the USA you derisive  it , But if you're not they should leave you alone, But that dont mean they will because they help other countries and make deals for info, they are National Security and are part of the military.

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