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Tim Cook says Apple 'deeply concerned' about sideloading and privacy

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What you need to know

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is "deeply concerned" about laws that could force Apple to allow sideloading on iPhone.
  • He says the company is concerned about the impact this could have on user privacy.
  • He said that Apple believed in competition, but that it had a responsibility to speak up.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told attendees of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit that Apple is "deeply concerned" about laws that could force the company to allow sideloading apps on its iOS platform.

Cook was addressing attendees as the headline keynote speaker on day one of IAPP's Summit, broadcast live online.

Opening his speech, Cook said that Apple was inspired by the possibilities of technology, but knew that technology was neither inherently good nor bad. He reiterated Apple's mantra that privacy is a fundamental human right, highlighting Apple's work in three key areas.

Cook said that Apple was "deeply concerned" about "regulations that would undermine privacy and security in service of some other aim," citing politicians in the U.S. and elsewhere working on regulations that would force Apple to allow sideloading on devices like the iPhone 13 and all of its best iPhones.

Cook warned the process would let "data-hungry companies" avoid Apple's privacy rules and "once again track our users against their will" while giving bad actors access to its users.

Cook said the company believed in competition and the role it played in innovation and said that he believed those behind such ideas has "good intentions", but that the ideas would have "profound" and unintended consequences.

He said Apple would continue to make its voice heard on the issue and would advocate for its users. He called upon those listening, stating he hoped they would join Apple in this quest, warning "we all stand to lose in a world without privacy."

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • Tim is only "deeply concerned" about the hit to profits, shareholders, and his salary and incentives. Sideloading has been available for over a decade and "privacy" is just a smokescreen to scare technology-illiterate politicians and execs.
  • In absolute agreement with you!