Gatekeepers: Apple's privacy engineering team

Engineers blame the power of a few dozen Apple employees for subpar performances from Siri, Maps, Music and Apple TV.

From Wayne Ma's "Apple’s Privacy Rules Leave Its Engineers in the Dark" ($) posted Friday on The Information:

Privacy is one of the selling points of Apple products. But for employees who develop these products, it can be a pain....

[F]ormer Apple employees, many of whom have also worked at competitors including Amazon, Google and Facebook, say Apple’s privacy restrictions stand apart from those of peers.

The vanguard of Apple’s restrictions is its privacy engineering team (emphasis his), which is made up of several dozen employees and acts as a powerful gatekeeper: Even junior privacy engineers can veto requests from senior managers at other parts of the company to use certain customer data to create new services or to improve existing ones.

My take: Ma, for whom Apple's glass is always half empty, pulls a lot of familiar threads together to weave this 2,300 word piece. The "privacy engineering team" was new to me.

3 Comments

  1. David Emery said:
    Bffffffffttttttt! To companies that depend on keeping the end user in the dark, those who allow the end user to actually make informed decisions are “the enemy.”

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    April 15, 2022
  2. Fred Stein said:
    How does Wayne decide which sources to include and which to exclude in his 2300 word piece? Is there any way to verify his sources?

    Anyone can cherry pick facts to make a case.

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    April 15, 2022

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