Apple CEO Blasts For Data Theft


San Francisco: The technology industry’s most powerful leader issued a blistering criticism of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, saying the social network had gone “beyond” the possibility of self regulation and governments needed to take action to protect the civil liberties of its users.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook made the comments at a public forum in Chicago, also bluntly commenting that he “wouldn’t be in (the same) situation” as Mr Zuckerberg.Facebook should have had regulated itself long back but it’s too late for that now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reiterated.

In an interview with Recode and MSNBC scheduled to be aired on April 6, Cook also made a harsh rebuke of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others who use customer data to make revenues.

“The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetised our customer a” if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that,” the Apple CEO added. On a question that what would he do if he were Zuckerberg, he said: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

With the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealing massive Facebook data misuse, Cook earlier called for more measures to ensure user data protection. At the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, he said: “I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary”.