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Why am I not shocked to see the phrases "Google smart city" and "privacy nightmare" in the same headline?

Apple CEO Calls for Sweeping U.S. Privacy Legislation

From Tim Cook's remarks at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners this morning:

[...] We see vividly--painfully--how technology can harm rather than help. Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies. Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false.

This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or "crazy." And ...

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Security Affairs reports that Signal's desktop application puts the message decryption key on your computer's disk in plain text. This is a strangely negligent practice for an organization which is so widely praised for its security practices.

If you haven't yet downloaded the information Apple has collected about you, I highly recommend doing so. It turns out that in my case, they had harvested even less data about me than I'd thought they would.

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