Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Facebook privacy strategy

Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Facebook privacy strategy

He goes on to admit that Apple could "make a ton of money if we monetized our customer". "We've elected not to do that", he said.

Cook said Facebook's detailed personal information on its users should not exist in the first place. The message reads: "Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, so every Apple product is created to minimize the collection and use of your data, use on-device processing whenever possible, and provide transparency and control over your information".

The message is a thinly veiled shot at Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who have come under fire in recent weeks over reports that the company allowed a political data analytics firm to gain access to the data of more than 50 million Facebook users without explicit permission.

"You remember my campaign: I said I won't consider this great until Apple starts coming in and really investing big money, doing the plants. However, I think we're beyond that", Cook continued.

When asked specifically about the potential regulation of tech companies that are collecting and using consumer data, sometimes without a clear explanation of what that data is being used for, Cook said he's "personally not a fan of regulation". While Tim Cook pointedly criticized Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he also had harsh words for internet businesses in general, which includes Google.

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The Apple CEO slammed Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, saying he "wouldn't be in this situation".

However, he also said that self-regulation is the best thing companies could do, stressing how Apple chose to never use or sell the data of their customers. Privacy to us is a human right.

"I wouldn't be in the situation", he responded.

Cook's comments, reported by Recode, were part of a taped interview for MSNBC's Revolution, which will air Friday, April 6.

"The question for us is, [does Facebook] meet the requirements of the App Store and do they meet their policy", Cook answered.

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