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Tim Cook Calls for GDPR-Like Laws around the World

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners praising Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and calling for similar laws around the world, including in the United States (for more on the GDPR, see Geoff Duncan’s “Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Makes Privacy Global,” 2 May 2018). Without calling out specific companies like Facebook and Google, Cook lambasted the “data industrial complex,” saying “Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.” While Cook’s privacy stance is laudable and we encourage everyone to read the full transcript of his speech, it’s worth remembering that privacy has also become a major business differentiator for Apple.

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