Apple quits privacy trade organisation due to “weak privacy laws”


In response to worries over SPSC legislation that would not effectively secure user data, Apple has withdrawn from the trade association.

One of the SPSC’s goals is to “fight for comprehensive and consistent data security, breach notice, privacy and consumer protection laws,” according to a letter it wrote to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. Apple, it appears, has also quit the organisation because the business thought that the group was not doing enough to safeguard the privacy of consumers.

At&T, Google, Meta, and Apple used to be part of the organisation, according to a Politico investigation by Emily Birnbaum.


While Birnbaum points out, the SPSC is “pushing for inadequate privacy regulations in the states as efforts to enact a federal privacy measure stagnate in Congress.” A key finding of the study is that the SPSC has influenced legislation to benefit industry at the expense of consumers.

Just a week before CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit, Apple has announced its withdrawal from the association.

With features like App Tracking Transparency and end-to-end encryption, Apple prioritises privacy across its whole ecosystem. This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June is likely to reveal further privacy-related improvements.


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