People "should figure out a way to get off Facebook," the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, has warned.
Wozniak, affectionately known as Woz, founded Apple with Steve Jobs on 1 April 1976.
Filmed by TMZ at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, he said: There are many different kinds of people, and for some the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy.
But to many like myself, my recommendation is – to most people – you should figure out a way to get off Facebook.
He warned that he wasn’t confident that anything could be done to tackle the ability for technology companies and governments to use internet-connected devices and other technological innovations to track people.
I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, he said. They can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now?
It wasn’t clear if he was using an iPhone.
Although he hasn’t been formally associated with Apple for more than thirty years, his comments do show the growing rift in how the different cultures around both technology giants view each other.
Apple’s privacy-focused consumer branding was bolstered in June with a new login service which will restrict advertisers’ access to consumer data.
Sign in with Apple will let users quickly sign into apps and websites and will be introduced in iOS 13.
The company made special efforts to stress its privacy credentials in operating system updates in 2018, in sharp contrast to Facebook which was then battling allegations of mishandling users’ data.
Facebook has now announced changes to its service which is states will protect users’ privacy, telling businesses they will be getting less access to users’ data.
(c) Sky News 2019: ‘Figure out a way to get off Facebook,’ warns Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak