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Apple endorses federal privacy laws during the hearing of the US Senate

In a US Senate committee hearing Wednesday, Apple's vice president of software technology, Guy "Bud" Tribble, explained Apple's support for legislation, while he agreed that the Federal Trade Commission should keep regulatory authority.

At a hearing of the Senate Commission on Trade, Science and Transport in Washington, Tribble witnessed together with representatives from Alphabet / Google, Amazon, Twitter, ATT and Charter Communications. Tribble supported the idea of ​​privacy legislation throughout his career and provided qualified or unqualified resources to most of the proposals from most senators.

"I am honored to be with you for this important hearing and to transfer Apple's support for a comprehensive federal privacy law that reflects Apple's long-awaited belief that privacy is a fundamental human right", said Tribble in his opening statement.

"For Apple, privacy means much more than having the right not to share your personal information, and privacy is about giving the user control when it comes to that information," continued Tribble. "This means that users can decide whether they want to share personal information and with whom. It means they understand how that information will be used. Finally, privacy is about living in a world where you can trust that your decisions about how your personal information is shared and used respected.We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right that should be supported by both social norms and the law. "

"These concepts have guided our design process for years, because privacy is a core value at Apple, not an obligation or an aftermarket add-on," Tribble said.

Tribble also insisted that new privacy legislation does not impose unnecessary burdens on app developers.

"We have an app store with 6 million developers in the United States, some are small and medium-sized companies, and [we hope that] the burden will not weigh on them as when tracking data, to ensure it's not too heavy for that class of companies, "Tribble said in his testimony, adding that Apple had previously worked with the office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to help create a "model privacy notice" for app developers in the health room who may not have access to a full legal team and who are interested in coming up with such solutions in the future.

Tribble agreed with most other executives that the FTC would have to take the most enforcement measures for the new privacy regime.

"Apple agrees that the FTC should get the resources they need as part of extensive legislation," he said.

During the hearing, it was stated that both the European Union that has invoked the General Data Protection Regulation and the State of California have both followed the laws of private law which, according to some technology companies, are too strict. Leaders discussed whether federal law would precede local law and what disclosures are required for data sharing.

Facebook was not part of the hearing, although CEO Mark Zuckerberg had testified to the same committee in April.

Broadcast on C-SPAN 3 and online streaming, the hearing was not what was considered a high-profile procedure. In particular, it was non-controversial, although some Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Cory Gardner of Colorado, raised questions about Google's Chinese policy at the end of the hearing. Cruz also asked Google's chief privacy officer Keith Enright whether Google is working to censor conservatives from search results.

Commission President John Thune (R-S.D.) Said at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour procedure that it was probably the first of several "talks in the future" while the committee is working on legislation.

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