Tim Cook, CEO of Apple claims that Apple never would end up in the same kind of situation as Facebook. That’s due to Apple and Tim Cook states that “Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty…”
Apple has repeatedly showed that they have high standards when it comes to integrity and privacy. I guess that many remembers when Apple refused to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to the San Bernadino shooter, that in late 2015 that killed 14 people.
My personal opinion is that Apple is on the right path here. My personal believes are that privacy really is a human right. Even though we love to share personal information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, Google+ and all these services, we still want to be in control of what happens with that kind of information. Facebook has shown that they “puzzle” pieces of personal data together from various sources, in order to let their partners target you in ad’s.
Sure, running services like Facebook isn’t for free. We all know that. And us, the users, wouldn’t want to pay for them in a subscription kind of way, would we? Running these services can be compared to something like this:
Let’s say that you get your revenues from advertisers putting ad’s on billboards. The problem is that all your billboards are located in a huge warehouse. You get paid by the advertisers based on the number of people who actually sees them. So you really need to draw people in to your warehouse one way or another, and keep them in there and have them not getting bored of being there.
Facebook has really succeeded there. But there’s a cost for us as the pigs in the barn. The information we share will be used to get Facebook their revenue. Let’s just face that fact and make a sane choice if we like to stay in the barn or not. It all boils down to the question of who we choose to trust, doesn’t it?