Tim Cook will deliver keynote at European Union's privacy conference

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners on October 24, delivering the keynote during the public 'Debating Ethics' session at the European conference.




Announced by the European Data Protection Supervisor, Cook will be speaking in the "Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life" session, which will attempt to start a conversation on the "right and wrong" in the development and use of technology today.

"Tim has been a strong voice in the debate around privacy, as the leader of a company which has taken a clear privacy position, we look forward to hearing his perspective," states EDPS Giovanni Buttareli. "He joins an already superb line up of keynote speakers and panelists who want to be a part of a discussion about technology serving humankind."

Other contributors to the conference include web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, philosopher Anita Allen, Pascale Fung, EU Commissioners for Justice and Competition, Presidents of the European Court of Justice and Human Rights, and data protection commissioners from around the world. Up to a thousand participants are expected to attend the conference, including representatives from industry, civil society, academia, and government.

Occurring from October 24 to October 25, the conference will be held in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium. Running since 1979, the conference aims for regulators on privacy, data protection, and freedom of information to discuss issues and provide recommendations to governments and international organizations.

Cook's selection as keynote speaker is apt, considering both his and Apple's policies relating to consumer privacy and security. In interviews, Cook has repeatedly spelled out Apple's position that the company minimizes any collection of identifiable data, often proclaiming "You are not our product" in comparing Apple to how other tech giants treat user data.

On September 26, Apple VP of software technology Guy "Bud" Tribble informed a Senate Committee Apple was in favor of privacy legislation, conveying "Apple's support for comprehensive federal privacy legislation that reflects Apple's longheld view that privacy is a fundamental human right."

"Ultimately, privacy is about living in a world where you can trust that your decisions about how your personal information is shared and used are being respected," noted Tribble, continuing "We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right, which should be supported by both social norms and the law."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    So does this not rule out the 24th for an Apple October event?
  • Reply 2 of 11
    claire1claire1 Posts: 484unconfirmed, member
    He will announce new Macs and iPads :wink: 
    bshanklostkiwi
  • Reply 3 of 11
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,417member
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Yep.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,267member
    Maybe not. Think of the time zone differences. It could happen.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,883administrator
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Nope. Tim is the keynote speaker, in the opening hour of the event. More than enough time to make it back to SF for the 25th at 1PM ET.

    And, like we said, predicting in October is rough, and Apple is just as likely to push an announcement with just a press release and not have an event at all.
    edited October 2018 patchythepirate
  • Reply 7 of 11
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,264member
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Nope. Tim is the keynote speaker, in the opening hour of the event. More than enough time to make it back to SF for the 25th at 1PM ET.
    There's no way Cook would be doing cross-Atlantic travel the day before a rehearsed event he is presenting at. Not a chance in hell. That isn't how it's done.

    edited October 2018 bshank
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,883administrator
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Nope. Tim is the keynote speaker, in the opening hour of the event. More than enough time to make it back to SF for the 25th at 1PM ET.
    There's no way Cook would be doing cross-Atlantic travel the day before a rehearsed event he is presenting at. Not a chance in hell. That isn't how it's done.

    He's done it twice before, that I'm aware of. It's arduous, sure, but it's not like he flies the plane, or flies coach.
    edited October 2018 patchythepirate
  • Reply 9 of 11
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,267member
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Nope. Tim is the keynote speaker, in the opening hour of the event. More than enough time to make it back to SF for the 25th at 1PM ET.
    There's no way Cook would be doing cross-Atlantic travel the day before a rehearsed event he is presenting at. Not a chance in hell. That isn't how it's done.

    He's done it twice before, that I'm aware of. It's arduous, sure, but it's not like he flies the plane, or flies coach.
    He doesn’t fly coach? Next you’ll be telling us that he doesn’t carry his own bags to and from the train to the plane. As a shareholder, I’m outraged!
    pacificfilmlostkiwichristophb
  • Reply 10 of 11
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    An historic increase in privacy for US citizens would come about if the government collected its revenue from tariffs instead of income tax, because you would no longer have to tell the government about your financial goings on. So if he wants to be seen as a big privacy advocate he might want to consider supporting them.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,264member
    rogerr32 said:
    If Tim’s going to be in Brussels on the 24th, AI’s prediction yesterday of the 25th for an October Apple event is dead in the water.
    Nope. Tim is the keynote speaker, in the opening hour of the event. More than enough time to make it back to SF for the 25th at 1PM ET.
    There's no way Cook would be doing cross-Atlantic travel the day before a rehearsed event he is presenting at. Not a chance in hell. That isn't how it's done.

    He's done it twice before, that I'm aware of. It's arduous, sure, but it's not like he flies the plane, or flies coach.
    laugh...ok that is funny

    While the journey is cush on their private jet, I just meant that I think he'd be too busy rehearsing.
    edited October 2018
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