Apple and IBM, in China, kick Facebook while it’s down

Not that Facebook doesn’t deserve it.

From public remarks this week by Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty at the China Development Forum in Beijing:

Cook:

The ability for anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of life: from my point of view, it shouldn’t exist.

It’s clear to me that something, some large profound change is needed.

I’m personally not a big fan of regulation because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it, however I think this certain situation is so dire, and has become so large, that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary.

Rometty:

If you’re going to use these technologies, you have to tell people you’re doing that, and they should never be surprised.

(We have to let) people opt in and opt out, and be clear that ownership of the data does belong to the creator.

My take: Cook and Rometty would love to turn Facebook’s “breach” into a conversation about whose business model is more respectful of user privacy.

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