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Apple Privacy Chief Erik Neuenschwander Gives Interview on Data Privacy Day [VIDEO]

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On Data Privacy Day, Apple’s head of privacy Erik Neuenschwander sat down with Rene Ritchie to talk about Apple’s own beliefs on privacy.

In the interview, posted on YouTube, the Apple executive discusses the Cupertino company’s privacy goals and how it plans to achieve them, reiterating its commitment to keeping users’ data safe and secure.

Neuenschwander and Ritchie discussed Apple’s various privacy initiatives and specific features like Hide My Email and Mail Privacy Protection as featured in iCloud+ and on devices like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

“We think about privacy being a fundamental human right, and how the only way that you’re going to realize that is by designing it into everything that we build… we want great features and great privacy and I think we’ve shown time and time again across the years that we can deliver on that…,” Neuenschwander said.

He also discussed how Apple uses data minimization to reduce the amount of data collected on users in the first place, and how it tries to ensure that apps and services only use the data they need to function and nothing more, stating that avoiding data collection upfront was “a great way to be privacy-respecting to the user.”

The exec’s comments echo changes made by Apple in recent years to software and hardware, notably in iOS 14 with the addition of App Tracking Transparency. The feature means that users must opt-in to tracking using an IDFA number across apps and services, a tool previously used to target specific advertising on platforms like Facebook.

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