In September 2018, Facebook revealed that a breach had affected more than 30 million people’s user information, while a month later Google reported that it discovered a glitch in its now-retired Google+ network that could have exposed the private data of 500,000 users.
Perhaps anticipating a wave of regulatory proposals, some of the big tech giants have made privacy a core message to both consumers and lawmakers.
In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned of a “data-industrial complex” in which private information is weaponized against us, and he called for comprehensive privacy laws in the U.S., publicly shaming Facebook and Google in the process. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty followed by criticizing the other big tech companies for abusing user data, and similarly called for action.
It would be a mistake to think that IBM and Apple are leaving fully up to lawmakers the work of crafting data privacy regulations. They’ll offer industry-leading advice on what ought to be done next, which would likely put their competitors at a big disadvantage.
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