Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterates the need for a federal U.S. privacy law and calls for a crackdown on data brokers in a piece he wrote for Time. Cook writes a federal privacy rule should not only give data rights back to the consumer, but also take aim at data brokers that often conduct deals with companies to obtain information without consumer consent. Cook believes the Federal Trade Commission should create a “data-broker clearinghouse” to place more transparency into the brokers’ practices. “Meaningful, comprehensive federal privacy legislation should not only aim to put consumers in control of their data, [but] it should also shine a light on actors trafficking in your data behind the scenes,” Cook writes. Meanwhile, DuckDuckGo announced Apple Maps will power its local search results.
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