The tech giant’s main regulator in the European Union (EU) said it is looking into whether Apple has complied with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law regarding an access request from a customer. Under GDPR, regulators can hit companies that do not comply with the regulations with fines of up to 4 percent of a company’s global revenue or €20 million ($22 million USD), whichever is higher.
Despite the scrutiny, Apple CEO Tim Cook called on the U.S. government last year to embrace privacy laws similar to the EU. He said it was time “for the rest of the world” to take a page from the EU, and create a comprehensive framework to protect the personal information of consumers.
“We are in support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the U.S.,” he said at the time, adding that internet companies could abuse the personal data of consumers, for they know the person better than themselves. “This is surveillance, and these stockpiles of personal data only enrich the companies that collect them. This should make us uncomfortable, and unsettle us.”