Tim Cook says privacy is a human right and civil liberty

30 March, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook's treatment of users privacy in an interview set to air next week.                  James Martin  CNET

Tim Cook has criticised Facebook over the social media giant's recent privacy-hacking scandal.

If they wanted to, Apple could make plenty of money by monetizing the customer, Cook said Wednesday with MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Swisher. "We've elected not to do that". 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".

Cook expressed the same view last week at the China Development Forum in Beijing, where he has built a good reputation for following regulations.

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"I wouldn't be in this situation", he said when asked what he would have done if he were in Zuckerberg's position. "It's a civil liberty, and in something that is unique to America, this is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press and privacy is right up there for us".

He said Facebook's inability to protect users' privacy had left lawmakers with no alternative but to impose legislation.

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Collins, who had earlier challenged Zuckerberg to "stop hiding behind his Facebook page", made his displeasure known, saying it was an "absolutely astonishing" decision to send a deputy in his place. "I think the question is more, 'What is the right regulation?' rather than 'Yes or no, should we be regulated?'"

What would Cook do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes?

For Facebook, Playboy's move is part of a backlash against the company, exemplified by the DeleteFacebook hashtag, that has grown in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. (Atlanta is already prepping its "Jeff Bezos Parkway, in honor of Amazon's founder and CEO, as Business Insider recently pointed out.) Apple wouldn't pull a similar stunt, said Cook".

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