Worse, it took Apple a few days to pull the offending app from the Mac App Store. What took so long? Apple hasn’t said but inquiring minds want to know, including members of Congress.
Et Tu, Google?
What I find interesting about this whole scenario is the lack of transparency from Apple, though it’s likely it took the company a few days to determine for sure if the application was stealing customer data and sending it to China. Or, maybe the honcho to manages such problems was out on a three day weekend.
Well, the good old U.S. of A. government came to the rescue. Senator Marco Rubio:
For a company that prides itself on prioritizing user privacy and security, this delayed response is extremely disconcerting.
So are politicians that lie but that’s a different issue. Here’s Rubio again chastising Apple over China.
So again, here’s an example of a company, in my view, so desperate to have access to the Chinese market place that they are willing to follow the laws of that country even if those laws run counter to what those companies’ own standards are supposed to be.
I tried to find Apple’s company standards and could not but following the laws of a country seems to make good sense.
Just for balance, check out Bess Levin’s Marco Rubio’s Body Rejects New Spine after the Senator flip-flopped on a tax plan to help the rich at the expense of everybody else.
Why are politicians throwing garbage at Apple?
First of all, politicians grandstand for fun and profit but mostly to get a few minutes of airtime where they can look like they’re helping humanity. Everyone knows they are not helping anyone but themselves but that’s how it works. Just like Facebook, Apple is an easy target, but why oh why has Rubio not taken on Google?
Second, could it be that Apple does not have the same team of lobbyists in Washington as Google? The search engine giant prospers because it culls user data and sells it to advertisers; billions of dollars a year in profits come from pieces of information collected by Google from their users– bit by bit, piece by piece.
Is there another online entity that is so offensive to user privacy and security?
Yet, you don’t hear much from Rubio or other politicians about that, right? Why not? Google pays to keep politicians away. Apple doesn’t pay enough. It could be that Rubio’s offensive offense is designed to, 1) put Apple on the defense, and, 2) make Apple cough up a few million dollars in campaign finance the way Oracle does.
Google’s business model is sleight of hand, so it should come as no surprise that the company manages to influence politicians without much knowledge of the deeds becoming public. Natasha Bach found out that no other tech company spent more money lobbying Washington bureaucrats than Google; almost three times as much as Apple.
Google spent over $18 million on lobbying efforts in Washington in 2017, advocating its position on a range of issues, including immigration, tax reform, and online advertising.
What about other big companies being attacked by members of Congress?
Facebook spent $11.6 million on lobbying efforts, Amazon $12.8 million, and Apple $7.1 million.
Aha! There’s the problem.
Apple doesn’t spend as much money as Google to buy off politicians. When elected officials trash a tech company in public it’s their polite way of saying, “You gotta step up and pay more.”