Facebook, Apple, Google, Others Meet To Discuss Future Of Privacy

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Representatives from the world’s largest and most powerful tech corporations are reportedly meeting in San Fransisco on Wednesday to discuss the future of tech privacy.

The event isn’t listed on the host’s website, the Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council, but Axios first reported the groups are set to meet amid the changing privacy policies in the European Union.

“My experience is that they’ve always viewed privacy as a foundational principle, but the question of how do you give meaning to it and talk about it in a way that resonates is now something that’s more pressing,” Dean Garfield, ITI CEO and president, told Axios.

Some of the companies ITI represents include Facebook, Google, Apple, Salesforce, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and Dropbox.

The EU’s broad new internet privacy legislation law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), went into place May 25. A Reuters survey suggests that Europe isn’t ready to police big tech companies. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Facebook, Amazon, Google And Twitter All Work With Left-Wing SPLC)

Most European watchdogs, 17 out of 24, told Reuters they weren’t prepared to execute the regulations, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

All European and foreign companies that collect users’ data must receive customers’ permission first and must provide detailed reports about what they collect from users and how they use it, the GDPR states.

“Just because Europe has taken a comprehensive approach doesn’t mean our different approach is deficient,” Garfield said. “And just because Europe is early doesn’t mean it’s best or final. But we should always be thinking about how we evolve to make sure consumers have trust in our products.”

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