Wednesday January 29, 2020

The creator of the web looks to save us from digital dystopia?

Data privacy is a cornerstone of Tim Berners-Lee's voluntary code of internet conduct

1st December, 2019
Tim Berners-Lee wants governments and companies to voluntarily submit to a new code of conduct. Picture: Getty

“Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right,” said the start-up message on the screen of my new computer. It promised to minimise collection of my data and be transparent about how it is used.

It would be easy to miss how radical this is. Taken at face value, Apple's privacy statement – which has been on all new devices since last year – is utterly counter-cultural, a rejection of the prevailing...

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