Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected Apple CEO Tim Cook’s critique of his company’s business model, which Cook characterized as a scheme to monetize customers, calling it “glib” and “not at all aligned with the truth.”
“I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you,” Zuckerberg told Vox co-founder Ezra Klein on his podcast. “Because that sounds ridiculous to me.” In an interview with Klein, Zuckerberg described Cook’s assessment that Apple has a sounder business model.Read more
After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market. “We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in a June 5 interview.
“It’s a core technology that we view as very important.” He likened the effort to “the mother of all AI projects,” saying it’s “probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on.” The prospect of self-driving cars has seen a slew of technology companies push into the auto industry, according to McKinsey & Co. Alphabet’s Waymo unit has signed partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Lyft to develop the technology.Read more
Uber was threatened with removal from the iPhone's App Store after the car-hailing company bypassed Apple's rules by tagging iPhones that had deleted its app. Apple's chief executive held a meeting with Uber boss in which he personally warned that the Uber app would be deleted.
Uber reportedly circumvented App Store rules by installing a piece of code that could identify individual iPhones even after the app had been deleted. The technology was not used to track location but kept a record of individual iPhones. This means that if the Uber app was downloaded onto a device, the company could tell if the app had previously been installed and deleted on it.Read more
Wireless carriers worldwide are still tracking users via "supercookies" or "perma-cookies," yet Americans are tracked by U.S. wireless carriers more than any other carrier in any other country.
Injecting tracking headers out of the control of users, without their informed consent, may abuse the privileged position that telcos occupy. Those tracking headers leak private information about users and make them vulnerable to criminal attacks or even government surveillance. It came to light in 2014 that Verizon Wireless and AT&T were injecting special tracking headers, aka "supercookies," to secretly monitor users' web browsing habits.Read more
Recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook delivered a speech on privacy and security during EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event held in Washington, DC.
The first time that EPIC, a nonprofit research center in Washington focused on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, has given the honor to a person from the business world. The hosts of the event included cryptographer Bruce Schneier, EPIC president Marc Rotenberg, Lobbyist Hilary Rosen and Stanford Lecturer in Law Chip Pitts. Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’. There are 10 best quotes from his speech on guarding customer privacy.Read more
An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers.
The company is taking advantage of a hidden un-deletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers’ habits on their smartphones and tablets. It uses the Verizon number to re-spawn tracking cookies that users have deleted.The company’s zombie cookie comes amid a controversy about a new form of tracking the telecom industry has deployed to shadow mobile phone users.Read more
Have you ever been browsing the Internet and had a banner ad pop up for a product you’ve previously searched for? When you visit a favorite website, does it have your login information stored for you? Are your online shopping carts flooded with recommendations retailers think you might like?
It may seem like the websites you’re visiting know you inside and out, but that’s because, thanks to cookies, they do. And when we say cookies we’re not talking about the sweet treats you indulge in to satisfy a midday sugar craving, we’re talking Internet cookies, or tracking devices that follow your online behavior. What are cookies?Read more
AT&T says it has stopped using a controversial mobile technology that could be misused by advertising networks to track online users regardless of their wishes. Until last week, the company had been inserting a unique identifier in web traffic sent by phones and other devices on its wireless network.
It was doing this as part of a test program, which has now been stopped. Privacy advocates hate these unique identifiers, because there’s no way to turn them off. That means that they can be used by advertising networks to circumvent privacy tools such as do-not-track lists or private browsing settings.Read more