Apple Speaks Out Against Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Apple today voiced its opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, just days before the Senate will vote on the bill. In a statement given to The Washington Post, Apple reiterated its commitment to user privacy and said it does not support CISA.

„We don’t support the current CISA proposal,“ Apple said in a statement. „The trust of our customers means everything to us and we don’t believe security should come at the expense of their privacy.“

Apple’s public statement on CISA comes on the heels of statements from several other tech companies who oppose CISA, including Twitter, Yelp, Wikipedia, and reddit. The Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represents companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon, has also urged the Senate to make improvements to the act, saying it does not support CISA as it is currently written.

The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is designed to allow companies to share information on cybersecurity threats with one another and with the government, but opponents say it puts personal privacy at risk by failing to include protections for user privacy and by granting the government wide-ranging rights gather private data from Americans under the guise of shielding them from hackers.

Apple has taken a strong stance on user privacy in recent years and has reiterated many times that the government has no access to Apple’s servers. With iOS 8, Apple further strengthened its position on preventing government access to user data by ending its storage of encryption keys for iOS devices, making it impossible for the company to unlock iPhones and iPads under police request.

Over the course of the last two years, Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken passionately on Apple’s unwavering commitment to privacy. He shared his most recent thoughts on the subject last night, at the WSJ.D Live conference in California. „Do we want our nation to be secure? Of course,“ Cook said. „No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both. Both of these things are essentially part of the Constitution.“

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Technology With Senator Orrin Hatch During Washington, D.C. Trip

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with at least one U.S. senator to discuss technology policy during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week, reports The Hill. According to the report, Cook sat down with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force.

Cook apparently met with Hatch to discuss the senator’s innovation agenda for the upcoming 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene in January 2015. The pro-research and innovation plan addresses several critical technology issues including patent trolls, company trade secrets, and more.

Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, laid out a plan to ensure that the United States continues to foster an environment that encourages research and innovation by addressing abusive patent litigation, protecting trade secrets, modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, strengthening cybersecurity, reforming immigration policy for high-skilled workers, reducing regulatory and tax burdens for innovators, and removing barriers to digital trade.

Details of the conversation were not made available, nor is it known whether Cook met with any other senators during his D.C. trip. On Monday, the Apple CEO, along with (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, dropped by a Georgetown Apple Store in the city to mark World AIDS Day and Apple’s contributions toward the (RED) campaign. Both Cook and Dugan tweeted photos from the visit.

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Microsoft hails success in US elections, as Bing correctly predicts 95% of winners

Microsoft’s prediction engine took up the challenge of trying to predict the winners of the recent US elections and now that the votes are in, it turns out that Bing was correct 95% of the time. Read more…



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California closer to smartphone ‘kill switch’ law

SACRAMENTO — The state where the iPhone was born came a step closer to a law that might help keep it in your hands. State Sen. Mark Leno’s Smartphone Theft Prevention Act (Senate Bill 962) passed the state legislature this morning…Read more ›



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