“Harming Competition and Consumers Under the Guise of Protecting
Privacy,” is a new academic research paper funded by Facebook.
Citing the social media company on 11 of its 22 pages, it takes
the position that Apple’s privacy features are “devastating” and
that, “app developers, advertisers and the ads ecosystem lose.”
The paper, subtitled “An Analysis of Apple’s iOS 14 Policy
Updates,” is written by D. Daniel Sokol of the University of
Florida Levin College of Law, and Feng Zhu, from the Harvard
“While thinly veiled as a privacy-protecting measure, Apple’s iOS
14 policy changes harm the entire ad-supported ecosystem — from
developers to advertisers to end consumers,” they write in the
full paper. “By sharply limiting the ability of third-party
apps to create value through personalized advertising, Apple’s
policy changes undermine competition.”
Let’s get them some lollipops, make the boo-boo feel better.
(Alternative quip: “By sharply reducing burglaries, police are limiting the ability of pawn shops to create value from stolen goods.”)