We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product. "We've elected not to do that ..." "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".
Cook was also asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook pressed on whether European Union data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica Zuckerberg must account for Facebook's moral failure The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE.
"It doesn't mean that you can't use an iPhone to go to your browser and go to some porno site, if you want to do that", he said, prompting host Kara Swisher to interject with, "Nobody does that!" to both Cook and the audience's laughter. We make sure all the movies are coded in such a way where you can say, "I only want my child looking at G movies", or whatever, or we have a parental control around apps. The tech titan could have made a lot more money if it had opted to sell customers' information, but Cook said it would be inconsistent with the company's ideals.
Facebook, data, and privacy have been the topic of discussion all over the internet as well as out.
"I think it's their decision".
"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.
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When asked what he would do if he were in Mark Zuckerburg's shoes right now, Cook replied, " What would I do? Since, Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour, and is expected to testify before Congress regarding the scandal.
That said, it's worth knowing that Apple knows a great deal about you, even though it rarely explicitly asks for your information like Facebook does.
Facebook is facing harsh criticism from privacy experts across the world for manhandling of user's private data.
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".