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Tim Cook: Customers, Not Companies, Should Control Their Data
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alejoseb
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alejoseb,
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6/12/2015 | 7:10:53 PM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
I am a little skeptical about the position of Apple's CEO, because any electronic device (smart phones, tablets and PC) will have access to our unencrypted data. Therefore, security is just as real as the companies' commitment with their privacy policies and declarations.
batye
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batye,
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6/9/2015 | 9:54:57 AM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
@Brian.Dean, I could not agree more... with security nothing is free... How I see it...
batye
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batye,
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6/9/2015 | 9:53:28 AM
Re: If you want my data
@kstaron, I could not agree more... for me Facebook it security incident waiting to happens... as this days everyones uses facebook as single login :(...
kstaron
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6/4/2015 | 5:18:44 PM
If you want my data
I must agree that my information should be mine not a business's to do with what they please. It's one of the reasons I haven't used Facebook in years. If they really, really want my data they can pay me for it. This kind of rhetoric make me feel better about Apple too, at least the direction they could head in, now if only they could make sure the workers that make their products are treated better...
bmizell322
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6/4/2015 | 3:51:23 PM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
While I agree with the premise - most users won't go the extra step to Opt Out where needed in the long run (as most don't do it today). They blast tons of information on numerous public forums about thier likes, dislikes, wants and needs on many sites. We may put stronger rules on the mail and user account info. But the companies will simply add extra distractions, ploys, offers and temptations to get users to opt in and share the data in the end regardless.
Brian.Dean
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6/4/2015 | 2:26:04 AM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
I am in favor of privacy and consumer protection, higher standards should be in place to deliver better services and security. However, economics will still determine the level of standards that are achievable in the world. Standards cannot be higher than, the revenue that a free account generates.

The subscription model can be used but, email services, etc., based on the subscription model did not grow in popularity. And, even with subscription enabled, security will still be relative. 
Stratustician
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6/3/2015 | 7:13:15 PM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
I agree 100%. The less the impact it has on a person, the less likely they are to change their habits. It's a sad reality, especially with the vast number of occurrences that happen on a regular basis.
Thomas Claburn
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6/3/2015 | 5:49:41 PM
Re: Encryption still an ongoing debate
I'm glad Cook is going to bat for privacy. But I'm skeptical people can be persuaded to care. Privacy's value only becomes apparent after some consequence, when it's too late to do anything about it.
Stratustician
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6/3/2015 | 2:47:29 PM
Encryption still an ongoing debate
I'm a huge advocate for privacy, and I think Tim Cook makes a great point saying that consumers need to be more aware of security and the implications that free services have when it comes to those tradeoffs.  Now that Facebook is introducing encryption, more consumers should be using it for all services, including web searches and email, yet as pointed out, it doesn't make governments happy to know that they have less access to encrypted data.  So where is the balance?  We need better enforced encryption as a start, and more mandates to companies to include it as well when dealing with customer data.  More importantly, we need more advocacy to push encryption as a standard.


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