Apple responds to house Subcommittee for Energy and Commerce: “The customer is not our product”
Last month, the house Subcommittee for Energy and Commerce has sent a letter to Apple and the Alphabet, a company linked to Google, asking different questions related to the management of consumer data.
Apple has responded to the letter, stating again that the company, “privacy is a fundamental right of man” and that products and services are designed to minimize the collection of user data. Below is an extract of the letter written by Timothy Powderly, Director of Federal Governament Affairs of Apple.
Not all technology companies operate in the same way, in fact, the business models and those for the collection of data are often radically different from one company to another. The philosophy and approach to the user of the Apple are different from every other company on these important issues. We believe that privacy is a fundamental right of man, and we develop our products and services to minimise the collection of users ' data. When we do, we are transparent about its operation. [...] The customer is not our product, and our business model does not depend on the collection of extensive personal information for targeted marketing. From the moment that we believe that the user should be able to control their personal information and the way in which they are used, we provide a number of resources on our site, you can easily use. The answers to many of your questions can be found in public documents such as the page on privacy on our web site, www.apple.com/privacy.
Apple has responded in detail to all the questions asked. For those who are interested to deepen, we enclose the full document:
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