Cook sends letter to Senate that urging Congress to approve draft privacy protection legislation

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. House of Representatives Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

Cook advocates for strong privacy legislation at the federal level . The letter appears to be a response to a proposed bipartisan bill called the U.S. Data Privacy and Protection Act on the types of data companies can collect from individuals and how they use it.

Cook said in the letter that Apple will continue to support federal-level efforts to build strong privacy protections for consumers. Cook reiterated Apple's belief that privacy is a fundamental human right . Cook said that while Apple works hard to protect user privacy, "only Congress can provide strong privacy protections for all Americans."

The full text of Cook's letter is as follows:

Dear Chairman Cantwell and Pallone and Senior Members of Wicker and Mc Morris Rodgers:

Thank you for your continued work on privacy legislation. Apple continues to support federal-level efforts to build strong privacy protections for consumers, and we are encouraged by the draft proposal from your office.

We recognize the unresolved issues to be resolved, but the area of ​​agreement appears to be far greater than disagreement. Your draft will provide substantial consumer protection, and we are writing to provide strong support for this common goal. Through your work, coupled with the president's call for better protection of children's privacy, it seems that Americans are closer than ever to meaningful privacy protections.

At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. That's why we've been advocating for comprehensive privacy legislation and contributing to this process wherever possible. That's why we've always built products and features that protect users and their information by default. We do this by minimizing the data collected, processing as much data as possible on user devices, giving users transparency about what data is collected and controlling how it is used, and building robust systems to protect all of our user data at this point. products and services.

While Apple will continue to innovate and develop new ways to protect user data, only Congress can provide strong privacy protections for all Americans. Unfortunately, the continued absence of this important legislation will perpetuate a patchwork approach to privacy that leaves too many people without the rigorous standards we hope to see through your efforts.

We strongly urge you to move forward with comprehensive privacy legislation as soon as possible, and we stand ready to assist in this process in the coming days.

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