Executives at major technology companies plan to meet next Wednesday (June 27) in San Francisco (United States) to discuss how to address growing issues and concerns about consumers' online privacy, as reported by Axios.
According to the website, the group The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), which joins the world's largest service and hardware companies, is expected to meet for a full day to discuss a variety of privacy issues, including the recent case in which Facebook reported user data to several technology companies.
In addition to Ma, companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung also participate in the Washington trade group. Still according to the Axios, ITI did not inform which companies are confirmed for the meeting. However, Apple is likely to be present because of its privacy policies and because it was cited in the Facebook report.
Another factor that made the meeting even more necessary was the approval of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation), a set of privacy requirements approved by the European Union last May. This regulation promises to give users more control over their personal data and to unify online privacy laws across the EU.
In the US, several users advocate the creation and application of a similar regulation and the White House is currently exploring options ranging from stricter guidelines to complete laws. Among these, the Trump administration is considering some changes in how companies can use sensitive consumer data in a law that could be passed as early as November this year.