Sal C , thank you for your thoughtful responses. You’ve been giving me food for thought all weekend.
Apple is not just a hardware company. They are a services company, too. These days people get more excited (both in agreement and in disagreement) about Apple not wanting to unlock a terrorist’s phone than about their hardware or software. So, naturally, as all companies who can’t innovate in the hardware sphere do they too are turning to services and to the enterprise.
Let’s compare their privacy policies:
A few observations:
- Both companies share your information with third parties. This is probably standard and allows both companies to sub-contract and outsources some parts of the services they offer to third parties.
- Apple shares how you use your iPhone with app developers. I can’t tell if they remove any way of identifying that with you specifically from the document.
- Apple and Google both use personal information for auditing and data analysis. Apple too responds to subpoenas and they too will share your data with the law enforcement.
- Assuming Google is not being purposely evil, they are pretty transparent about what information they collect.
You are right, Apple doesn’t need to collect as much personal information as Google because services are not their core business. I predict this will change as Apple continues to rely more on services revenue.
Assuming neither company is being purposely evil or neglectful I’d say their privacy policies are similar to one another. Someone using Google’s services such as Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and Google Maps is neither gaining nor giving up any more privacy than they already had by switching to Android and Project Fi.