(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.(O) co-founder Steve Wozniak joined in the online debate, blaming the algorithm, the iPhone-maker’s credit card, to discriminate on the basis of sex, a deepening of the research on the recently launched Apple Map.
A FILE PHOTO of Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, talks to people during a launch event in san francisco, California, united states, September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The criticism began Thursday, after the entrepreneur David Heinemeier Hansson railed against Apple’s own Map in a series of tweets, he said, gave him 20 times the size that his wife received.
Hansson, who is the creator of the web-application framework Ruby on Rails, and not to disclose the specific income-related information, either for himself or for his wife, but tweeted that they filed joint tax returns, and that his wife had a better credit score.
On Saturday, Wozniak chimed in, suggesting that a similar thing happened to him, as he has 10 times more debt, on the Apple Card, in comparison to his wife.
“We do not have a separate bank or credit card accounts or the individual assets. Very difficult to get a man to fix it. It’s great tech in 2019,” Wozniak tweeted in response to Hansson’s original tweet.
The New York Department of Financial Services, said: “this is the opening of an investigation into Goldman Sachs, and credit card practices.
The New York city law prohibits discrimination against protected classes of individuals, which means that the algorithm, as with any other method of determining credit worthiness, it may not result in disparate treatment of individuals on the basis of age, creed, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or other protected characteristics,” by Linda Lacewell, the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, wrote in a blog post. (a little bit.m/2Ny1TUA)
“We know that the problem of discrimination, and algorithmic decision-making process will also extend to other areas of the financial services industry,” Lacewell added.
Apple is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s (GS.(N) at the launch of the much-anticipated titanium credit card in the month of August.
Apple and Goldman Sachs weren’t immediately available for comment.
Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru. Edited by Gerry Doyle