Edward Snowden Praises Apple, Getting The Highest Score in Protection of The Privacy of Its Users

Privacy has always been an important issue for Apple, but for the past year the company has the protection of data of users become a differentiator with competitors like Google. Under the speech “our business model is to sell great products, not to build a profile based on the content of your e-mail and web browsing to sell advertisers habits”, the Apple company has been openly positioned against the monitoring of the citizens under the guise of the anti-terrorism fight and has thanked the role of Edward Snowden by putting on the table all these issues.

Snowden, who starred in the greater filtration of United States history, He spoke in a recent interview for TechCrunch on Apple, replying to the question on whether he believes that the prospect of Tim Cook on privacy is genuine and honest. “It doesn’t matter if he is being honest or dishonest.”, “is good for privacy, and that is a good thing for customers”.

We can convince clients of the value of a product without having to subsidize them with information that we have basically stolen

The former employee of the CIA (the Central Intelligence Agency) and exasesor of the NSA (national security agency), accused of espionage by the United States and now exiled in Russia, says that Apple has a clear business incentive differentiate itself from its competitors, but that in fact we should encourage also to other companies to follow its path.

“We must support the companies who are willing to innovate. They are willing to take positions like that and say ‘you know, may collect the information from all over the world and resell it to advertisers or whoever is rather popular, but it will serve our reputation, improve our relationship with customers and provide better service to society’. If we on the side of our clients and what they really want, if we can convince them of the value of a product without having to subsidize them with information that we have basically stolen from our customers… that is definitely something that must be supported. “And regardless of whether it is honest or dishonest, for the moment, now, is something that we must support, something that we should encourage, indeed, something we should emulate.”
“And if in the future end up turning their backs on that position, I think it will be one much greater against Apple blow given that they have betrayed our trust and the promises that it made to its customers. But I like to think that seeing the leadership that Tim Cook has shown at this point so far, passionately discussing issues of privacy, which will go ahead and keep these promises.”

In line with this, Apple has receive five-star, possible, at the discretion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the protection of data of users against Governments, following the best practices of the industry, being transparent about their applications and data retention policies, and publicly oppose the introduction of rear doors.

This is the fifth year of Apple in the report, and it has taken all the best practices that we identified as part of it. Congratulations to Apple for its strong position in relation to the rights of the user, transparency and privacy.

Apple received just a star in the first three reports of the EFF but last year already covered all the requirements, obtaining the highest score for the first time. This year, with Apple also receive five-star Adobe, creed, Sonic, Wickr, Wikimedia, WordPress.com and Yahoo, while Google, Amazon and Microsoft comply with three.

Apple can not settle for being second best, but the most zealous of our privacy

Conclusion contributing personally my satisfaction with the position of Apple in this topic, but claiming that does not become a justification for everything. Apple is certainly leading the industry in terms of privacy, but its online services have a lot to improve compared with the competition in reliability as speed and performance. Apple can not settle for being second best, but the most zealous of our privacy; but that should be all meat on the spit to be the best, point. No excuses. I do not expect less.

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