- Nov 14, 2011
From The Verge:
And John Gruber's response which I thought was really good:If Apple truly cares about our privacy then it should stop talking about how important it is and start building superior cloud-based services we want to use — then it can protect us. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far.
When Cook says Google is scanning your photos to sell them off for advertising purposes he's spreading FUD plain and simple. The fact is most people probably wouldn't pay to use Facebook or many of Google's services. They're conditioned to be fine paying for a physical thing but not wanting to pay for software or a service on the internet. So if Apple really cares about privacy, provide superior cloud services and market the hell out of them. Less talk and more action. Cook should poach a top notch cloud executive from Microsoft, Google or Amazon and park iCloud, Siri and Maps underneath him/her. Eddy Cue would still have his hands full with iTunes/Beats, AppStore, TV and Pay.Apple needs to provide best-of-breed services and privacy, not second-best-but-more-private services. Many people will and do choose convenience and reliability over privacy. Apple’s superior position on privacy needs to be the icing on the cake, not their primary selling point.