New York Probes Claims Of Sexism In Credit Limits For Apple Card
The bank responsible for Apple Card is encountering legal probe over allegations of inequality. The Department of Financial Services in New York has rolled out a probe into practices by Goldman Sachs after David Heinemeier Hansson (Basecamp founder) blamed Apple (and actually, Goldman) of sexism when deceiving limits for credit. He got a limit 20 times more as compared to his wife in spite of her higher credit score, and got no assistance from customer service besides murmurs of an “official internal complaint.” She ultimately received a “VIP bump” to level his limit of credit, but that seemed to have been a response to the public drama. Hansson did not believe Goldman or Apple set out to be biased, but that the result was sexist nevertheless.
Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) also weighed in, claiming that he got a 10 times more credit limit as compared to his spouse, Janet Hill. He claimed that they were in a same monetary situation to Hansson’s family.
The department claimed to the media that the probe will both guarantee that each user is treated equally as well as look into any legal wrongdoing. Any algorithmic prejudice (comprising accidental bias) “breaches New York law,” claimed Linda Lacewell (department superintendent).
Goldman claimed to the media that credit decisions were dependent solely on “creditworthiness” and not qualities such as ethnicity or gender, even though it did not clarify why a female with a higher credit score got a much less limit.
On a related note, Apple is getting Apple Card consumers an additional advantage with the launch of 24-month, interest-free financing on purchases of iPhone. It declared the decision earlier on its earnings call. Together with the 3% cashback the card provides on buyouts from the firm, the deal might appear a solid offer for users who upgrade their handsets often.