Apple slams Android as huge ‘tracking device’ • The Register

The US Department of Justice launched a collection of paperwork in its antitrust trial in opposition to Google yesterday, together with paperwork that reveal Apple made its default search cope with the Chocolate Factory regardless of appreciable privateness reservations. 
Among the dump of paperwork launched by the DoJ Thursday was an inside Apple slide deck that was an exhibit entered into the case when Apple’s SVP of providers Eddy Cue testified in September.
Cue reportedly advised the courtroom that Apple made its $18 to $20 billion cope with Google to make the search large the default on Apple gear as a result of there wasn’t a sound different engine. 

But, as the now-public – however nonetheless largely redacted – slide deck signifies, Apple thought-about Google removed from good on problems with privateness. One slide referred to Android as “a large monitoring gadget” – no manner, actually? – whereas others level out how significantly better of a job Apple thought-about itself to be doing on privateness versus Google when it got here to how the pair deal with knowledge from person accounts, maps, search, and adverts. 

Remember that Apple gives an OS (iOS) and browser (Safari) that rivals Google’s Android and Chrome, so it is not too stunning to see Cupertino slag off its Silicon Valley neighbor.
Included in Apple’s slides can also be an oft-quoted assertion from then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt: in 2010, the chief exec advised a Washington coverage discussion board that “Google’s coverage is to get proper as much as the creepy line however not cross it.”

The 2013-era slides describe, in typical modest vogue for Apple, its total method on the time to privateness. It’s primarily issues like making an attempt to maintain folks’s Siri and Maps utilization separate from promoting, focused or in any other case. Google – Apple claimed – did a lot the alternative and commingled all its person, providers, and promoting knowledge. 
Thing is, Apple talks about its love of privateness safeguards and the way a lot it thinks Google is a fiend with folks’s knowledge, however check out the way it operates in actuality. While it has been baking an honest quantity of data safety into its software program and {hardware} – simply see this Apple PDF – Cupertino will be accused of being two-faced.
As we have additionally discovered through the trial, Apple was glad to take tens of billions of {dollars} yearly to make sure Google stayed the default search engine in Safari, which raises questions on Apple’s dedication to privateness that it leaned into exhausting in 2014.

Case in level, one other exhibit made public by the DoJ this week consisting of an electronic mail chain from 2016 wherein Google mentioned [PDF] a request from Apple to make search knowledge sharing reciprocal. 
“We met with Apple yesterday they usually had a brand new request on the info set request part,” Daniel Alegre, Google’s then-president of world and strategic partnerships wrote.

“They need it to be reciprocal, that means that they need to know which hyperlinks on outcomes have been clicked on, or how lengthy it took to fulfill the person’s question on Google. Their rationale is that they wished to enhance the person expertise with this info.” 
Google declined to share the knowledge with Apple, citing it as a part of its “secret sauce.” Another exhibit [PDF] reveals to what diploma person expertise was key to Google search – mainly totally. 
“A billion occasions a day, folks ask us to search out paperwork related to a question. What’s loopy is that we do not really perceive paperwork,” slide captions on the presentation state. “Beyond some fundamental stuff, we hardly take a look at paperwork. We take a look at folks … grossly simplified, that is the supply of Google’s magic.” 
While Google is the one on trial right here, the paperwork launched this week by the DoJ do not paint Apple in a constructive mild. 
While quoting Steve Jobs on Apple “tak[ing] privateness extraordinarily critically,” the iGiant appears totally keen to let Google do the heavy privacy-violating lifting for it whereas reaping billions of {dollars}. That Apple requested Google for reciprocal knowledge sharing is much more suspicious – we tried to get some solutions and have not heard again. 
The Google antitrust trial is predicted to wrap up someday this month. ®

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