I really appreciate the efforts that Apple has made to protect the privacy of their users. In my mind this does two things. First, it offers a model of competition where other companies can see Apple’s success in protecting data while providing competing features. Second, it gives customers an option to “un-subsidize” the common advertising and data-as-currency model for cheap devices.
The problematic component of this means that we could end up with a two tier privacy model whereby an individual can maintain the privacy of their data and self only if they are able to pay for it.
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