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Apple CEO Tim Cook Has More to Say About Facebook's Privacy Scandal

At Duke's commencement Tim Cook promotes Apple's approach to data privacy in subtle dig at Facebook Apple CEO Tim Cook Has More to Say About Facebook's Privacy Scandal
Nellie Chapman | 15 May, 2018, 01:38

"We've always believed that people with passion can change the world, and that was on display this weekend in marches across Washington and across our nation", Cook said.

Sound familiar? For the second time in roughly a month, Cook forcefully took Facebook (ticker: FB) to task for its handling of its members' personal information, cementing a narrative pushed by Apple (AAPL) that juxtaposes its strict privacy approach - and by extension, its business model - with Facebook and other ad-dependent companies that aggressively monetize data. Collecting as little of your data as possible, being thoughtful and respectful when it is in our care. We've elected not to do that'.

"If you can say, 'we do not take your data, ' there are going to be people who say they feel more comfortable going to Apple than Facebook", Cramer said.

Cook has previously called on the federal government to step in and regulate the social media site.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shot back at Cook in an interview published by Vox last month. "And not at all aligned with the truth", Zuckerberg told Vox.

And while the message could just have easily been contrasted with the way Google collects user data, it is not the first time Cook has made a veiled comment about the Facebook crisis. He was my friend, my mentor, Steve Jobs. We fail to guarantee every student the right to a good education.

He added: 'Because Steve taught us that's how change happens and from him I learned to never be content with the way that things are'. Ever since Apple itself became the center of attraction in the USA government's efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones and cellular networks, the company has become a poster boy for protecting users' privacy even in the face of extreme pressure.

The company caught flack when it announced in February a plan to move iCloud accounts registered in mainland China to state-run Chinese servers.

In 2014, meanwhile, hackers were able to access private photographs belonging to celebrities before posting them online.

"Fearless like the students of Parkland, Florida\, who refuse to be silent about the epidemic of gun violence and have rallied millions to their cause", Cook said.

After that, Apple committed to increased transparency, and the company encrypted iPhones to make it more hard for anyone - even authorities - to get their hands on data.