How user data privacy and antitrust law all came together

Facebook, Apple and Google may have very different approaches to user privacy, but they have something in common: All three companies are currently under investigation for violations of antitrust laws.

Facebook is accused of allowing its dominant position in the market to erode its protection of data privacy. Apple and Google are being investigated, in part, for enforcing their own privacy safeguards at the expense of their competitors – Apple due to changes to iOS 14.5 and Google due to updates. upcoming update of its Chrome browser. It is a complicated and complicated tangle of events. The situation also reveals the incredible sphere of power in which these companies operate, where even tiny software changes can affect the data of billions of users.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED Cyber ​​Security Writer Lily Hay Newman and WIRED Political Writer Gilad Edelman join us to talk about how big tech companies handle your privacy.

Show Notes

Read Lily’s story on ad tracking in iOS 14.5 here. Read Gilad’s story on how privacy and antitrust are on a collision course here. Read it New York Times beef story between Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook here.


Lily recommends hugs. Gilad recommends unbuttoning one more button on your shirt than you normally would. Lauren recommends the show Call my agent. Mike recommends crushed Calabrian chili peppers.

Lily Hay Newman can be found on Twitter @lilyhnewman. Gilad Edelman is @GiladEdelman. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.

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