Here’s reason number 4,786 to not own an Apple product. In its new “Terms of Service” just released, Apple is now assigning all users of its products a “Trust Score.” Apple says in the terms of service that it will track all of your phone calls and emails to assign you this “Trust Score,” in the hopes of fraud prevention.
It’s bad enough that Apple does not consider you to be the owner of whatever i-Gadget you purchase from them. Apple considers your iPhone to be the property of Apple, and therefore, you can’t use that particular piece of property however you see fit. But now Apple is going to become even more invasive and snoopy than it already was.
People were quick to point out that this sounds just eerily similar to Communist China’s creepy “social credit score.” The Chinese government now fully monitors its citizens’ social media activity, credit card purchases and, well, basically everything that they do. If your social credit score is too low — meaning you are in some way critical of the government — you won’t be able to get on an airplane or train, get into a good college, eat at certain restaurants or, perhaps, even to live.
So, what is Apple really doing? Why does this new Trust Score apply to people who buy Apple TVs — which don’t even send emails or phone calls? Great questions. For all the details on Apple’s creepy Trust Score and how it compares to China, check out the video below.