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What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by 'privacy'

Privacy has been a nice benefit of being in the Apple ecosystem and if I had to pick the strategy that makes me feel the most comfortable, it's Apple's.

For all of Facebook's bad news, they're not really tackling the right issues, are they?

Yes, but: Facebook's approach to privacy barely acknowledges the complaint from users and critics that they're most concerned about how much Facebook itself knows and shares about them — and what they most want is privacy from Facebook.

For Google and Facebook 'we' are the product. If either of them pivoted away from that way of thinking, it would be a big win for our rights but would likely put a dent in their profits. I can't see it happening anytime soon.

Meanwhile, when Pichai argues that "privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services," he is looking straight at Apple.

I saw this earlier in the week as part of coverage from Google's 2019 O/I conference and thought it was odd then. Either Google is selling at cost (or a loss), it's now cheaper to produce the Pixel 3a than it was the Pixel 3 or the difference is made up by selling our digital profile for ads.

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