Tim Cook Reiterates Apple’s Opposition to Sideloading

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Global Privacy Summit conference in Washington DC, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Tim Cook, Sideloading

The conference focuses on international privacy and data protection. Tim Cook’s speech was therefore eagerly awaited. Apple’s CEO confirmed Apple’s continued commitment to privacy, which the company has repeatedly described as a basic human right.

“The fight to protect privacy is not easy, but it is one of the most essential battles of our time. At Apple, we’re proud to support those who work to advance privacy rights around the world. As a company, we are deeply inspired by what technology can make possible, but we also know that technology is neither good nor bad in itself. That’s what we do with it. It is a mirror that reflects the ambitions of those who use it, those who build it and those who regulate it. »

Cook pointed to Apple’s privacy features that give users control over their data, such as app tracking transparency, but said he was deeply concerned about proposed regulations that would curtail those features and expose users to harm. privacy and security risks. In the European Union, for example, the Digital Markets Act would force Apple to allow apps to be sideloaded on the iPhone outside of the App Store, thereby opening the doors to third-party stores not controlled by Apple. business.

“Here in Washington and elsewhere, politicians are taking competitive action that would force Apple to allow apps that bypass the App Store to access the iPhone through a process called Sideloading. This means that data-hungry companies could circumvent our privacy policies and re-track our users against their will. Sideloading could also provide attackers with a way to bypass the security protections we have in place, putting them in direct contact with our users. »

Cook said Apple believes in advanced regulations that don’t infringe on privacy:

“If we are forced to leave apps unchecked on the iPhone, the undesirable consequences will be profound. For this, we feel compelled to speak up and ask politicians to work with us to promote the goals we share, but without compromising privacy. »

Cook’s speech was streamed live on YouTube and begins at 2:05 p.m. of the video.

Leave a Comment