Apple is at war with a few industry tech giants but I worry that CEO Tim Cook’s battles with Google, Facebook, Amazon et al is a public example of lip service.
Apple CEO Tim Cook slams ‘peeping Tom’ websites for intruding onto users’ privacy
Who is Cook talking about? First on the list are the dynamic duo of peeping toms— Google and Facebook; but you could add many others to the list, from Amazon to advertisers to almost any website that tracks users and runs ads, to the U.S. Federale’s attempts to track citizens.
a pruriently prying person : VOYEUR
Sounds seriously voyeuristic, but the roots are pure.
Peeping Tom, legendary citizen of Coventry who watched Lady Godiva riding naked
So did everybody else.
When I was growing up, one of the worst things other than something like hurting somebody or something, was the peeping Tom, you know, somebody looking in the window
In other words, somebody looking at you in a private setting and doing so without your knowledge or consent.
You know. Like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and most online social websites, most online advertisers, and most websites.
Granted, they’re not looking in your window but they are looking and they are taking notes and comparing notes.
A person who watches another without the other’s permission and usually without the other’s knowledge, especially for the purpose of deriving sexual pleasure from the sight of the other.
Even with a more detailed and expanded definition Google, Facebook, Amazon et al fit the bill.
The fact is that the people who track on the internet know a lot more about you than if somebody’s looking in your window, a lot more. Because you tend to put your thoughts online, what you think about something.
Alright, why does Apple, via CEO Tim Cook, hate the peeping toms of advertising voyeurism?
First, differentiation. Apple wants to become the Disney of technology gadgets and that requires the company to separate itself from such ilk. Second, privacy and security are major issues to a growing number of gadget owners, and Apple wants to be their friend.
What about Apple’s obvious lip service to the privacy issue?
an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds
This one fits, too.
To just say something but not actually do it. To pretend that you believe a certain thing but not practice that belief.
Google may be the world’s worst privacy offender because of its advertising roots, free software in exchange for privacy culling, and how much more tracking it does worldwide than Facebook.
Yet, Apple collects billions of dollars from Google each year to keep the search engine giant as the default search engine on the Safari browser; Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Apple, if you really want to walk the walk of the talk you talk, then put your own money where your mouth is and ditch Google. I think you hate peeping toms because some customers want to hear that and most customers don’t know how much money you collect from those peeping toms.