The Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference in Brussels, Belgium, scheduled for 2022, will feature Apple privacy chief Jane Horvath as a speaker. The conference, which takes place from May 23 through May 25, is sponsored by Apple as well.
Horvath’s appearance at the conference and the issues she plans to address are still up in the air, but Apple has been vocal in its opposition to the EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act, which would oblige Apple to allow sideloading of programs on the iPhone outside of the App Store. Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook and software engineering director Craig Federighi, have argued in the past that sideloading is a security and privacy issue.
In a speech at last year’s Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook argued that companies like Facebook that rely on algorithms to maximize interaction can lead to divisiveness and violence.
“With so much misinformation and conspiracy theories fueled by algorithms, we can no longer ignore a technology theory that says all engagement is good engagement and that the longer it lasts, the better, with the goal of collecting as much data as possible,” said Cook, adding that “it is long past time to stop pretending this approach doesn’t come with a cost — polarization, lost trust, and, yes, violence.” Cook said.
When Horvath joined Apple in 2011, he was Senior Director of Global Privacy. He is now the company’s Chief Privacy Officer. When it comes to information privacy and legal experience, she has more than two decades, with past stints at Google and the U.S. Justice Department as a privacy counsel and civil liberties officer.