Apple leaves privacy trade group citing ‘weak privacy laws’


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Apple has dropped out of the State Privacy and Security Coalition (SPSC) after expressing concerns that the trade group pushed legislation that would not adequately protect user data.

The SPSC bills itself as “a coalition of major Internet, communications, retail, and media companies that works for robust and consistency data security, breach notice, privacy and consumer protection regulation,” according to a letter the group penned to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. And, apparently, Apple has left the group because the company felt that the group was not doing enough to protect consumers’ privacy.

according to a report from Politicos Emily Birnbaum, the group consists of giants like AT&T, Google, Meta, and formerly, Apple.

Also as per Birnbaum’s report, privacy advocates have noted that the SPSC is “pushing for weak privacy laws in the states as efforts to pass a federal privacy bill stall in Congress.” The report also highlights the SPSC’s hand in passing legislation that favors the industry rather than the consumer.

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