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Apple doesn’t say whether it will be individually reviewing the respective privacy policies of the apps, or leaving it up to users to spot egregious requests for permissions.
The announcement comes as Apple continues to extoll how it protects customers’ personal data, in comparison to companies like Google and Facebook, who rely on that data to power their advertising business models.
In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook was critical of Facebook’s handling of the crisis, claiming Apple wouldn’t find itself in that position because it did not monetise customer data.
In May, Cook told Recode: “The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetised our customer — if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”
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