A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

Gilad Edelman – February 15 2021 Wired Magazine


In an Apple commercial that was on heavy rotation last fall, people go around telling strangers intimate information about themselves. “I browsed eight sites for divorce attorneys today,” a guy shouts to a bus full of passengers. A beautiful woman informs a passerby, “My home is in 1,000 feet.” A man in a bathroom stall announces, “I’m currently reading an article titled ‘10 Ways to Keep Sweaty Hands From Holding You Back.’” Finally, you find out what it’s selling: Apple’s privacy protections. “Some things shouldn’t be shared,” reads white text on a black background. “iPhone helps keep it that way.” Read more here