Apple's Tim Cook criticises Facebook's data collection practices

Apple's Tim Cook criticises Facebook's data collection practices

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently came out against Facebook's data privacy standards in several interviews - while the CEO generally prefer companies to regulate themselves as far as data privacy goes, he feels the window for Facebook to do so has long since closed.

"The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer - if our customer was our product", Cook said. "We've elected not to do that", Cook said. But at one point he was quoted as calling privacy a human right...a civil liberty. The remarks echoed what he said in China over the weekend, when Cook described Facebook's current predicament as "dire" and suggested "some well-crafted regulation is necessary".

"I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation", he said, according to NBC News. "However, I think we're beyond that here", Cook said.

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He says that if a consumer buys any of their products, Apple will make a little bit of money. "I do think that it is time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here". Apple has policies of what is and isn't allowed there, and so Hayes and Swisher pressed him on whether Facebook's privacy issues might lead Apple to do something with that power.

"At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a risky precedent that threatens everyone's civil liberties", he continued. Now he has to deal with a #DeleteFacebook campaign that is trending, and is expected to testify before Congress on how something like this could happen in the first place. "I wouldn't be in this situation", he replied, hinting that Zuckerberg had made mistakes.

MSN has a more comprehensive write up at the link below and the full "Revolution" interview with Tim Cook will air Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on MSNBC.

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"This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government's order we knew we had to speak out", Cook said in an email to employees in February 2016.

While Apple has its own critics, Cook's criticism of Facebook is line with how Apple has operated in the past with regards to protecting user data.

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