Apple likes to present itself as the champion of privacy and data protection. But sometimes actions don’t follow words. The company was indeed part of a lobby, the State Privacy and Security Coalition (SPSC), a pressure group as discreet – it has no website – as it is powerful. Its mission is to do everything to ensure that data protection laws are not too harsh on manufacturers.
This coalition, which includes the operator AT&T, Google and even Meta (Facebook) in its ranks, has thus used all its weight to reduce the scope of a law passed in Utah: several financial institutions have obtained exemptions, and companies a deadline to correct any infringements. A law under discussion in Iowa is currently the target of SPSC lobbyists.
In its latest newsletter, Politico was confirmed by Apple that the group was leaving the coalition. Timely: Tim Cook is one of the speakers expected at the IAPP Privacy Summit, which will take place from April 12 to 13 in Washington.
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