As part of a general session that saw Zeynep Tufekci challenge Farhad Manjoo to a vote for most-depressing keynote, Alastair Mactaggart, the man who brought us the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, may have offered the rosiest picture of the future. Yet Manjoo, writes Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, for The Privacy Advisor, couldn’t quite come out and fully endorse business models that avoid the use of personal data. The consequences could be dire. Is Apple ascending while Facebook and Google descend? Will it all turn around again next year? Manjoo didn’t pull punches: “It’s a bleak future.”
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