Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Facebook privacy strategy

Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Facebook privacy strategy

Apple chief Tim Cook criticises Facebook privacy strategy

Apple has long touted privacy as one of the draws of being in the Apple ecosystem, and Cook underscored this again, claiming that Apple "could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers" but that the company has elected not to do it. "We want kids to go to the store, right?"

"Privacy to us is a human right", Cook said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes it is too late for social platforms like Facebook to avoid regulation.

"This is not something that we just started last week when we saw something happening", Cook said. "However, I think we're beyond that", Cook continued.

"I think it's their decision". On the other hands, Facebook and other social media giants have made a lucrative business by selling consumer data to the ad firms.

"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a unsafe precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued.

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When asked about what he would do in Zuckerberg's place, Cook responded: "I wouldn't be in this situation". Facebook has been caught in a medial maelstrom over its lax approach to data sharing; specifically over the Cambridge Analytica issue, through which it was recently revealed that Facebook users' data was being used by the firm with the intent to influence the 2016 United States election.

In an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, Zuckerberg responded to a question about outside regulation in an unexpected way: "I actually am not sure we shouldn't be regulated. This is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press", Cook said.

Though the interview of MSNBC is scheduled to air on April 6th, the network has released few clips this week, in which Tim Cook bashed against Facebook.

Speaking in an interview with United States network MSNBC and tech site Recode, the Apple chief executive said that while he believed tech firms should self-regulate, it was too late for Facebook.

According to Bloomberg, Cook added: "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike, and every intimate detail of your life - from my own point of view, it shouldn't exist".

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