Tim Cook says privacy is a human right and civil liberty

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When asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s position, Cook replied: “What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

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Facebook, data, and privacy have been the topic of discussion all over the internet as well as out. Everyone from regular users to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook are weighing in on the matter. Cook was at the Apple event in Chicago and sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher for a chat. In that conversation, Cook had some opinions about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg profiting from user’s private data.

Such detailed profiles of people, with “incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources” like Facebook has compiled, shouldn’t be allowed to exist, Cook said.

“I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” Cook said. “However, I think we’re beyond that here, and I do think that it’s time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here.”

When asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s position, Cook replied: “What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

“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.”

“Privacy to us is a human right. It’s a civil liberty, and something that is unique to America. This is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” Cook said. “Privacy is right up there with that for us.”

Apple has always been big on protecting its user’s privacy, even to the point of declining to cooperate with the FBI. 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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  Source: MSN

© Feature image provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher talk with Apple CEO Tim CookMSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher talk with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Revolution: Apple Changing the World town hall in Chicago March 28, 2018.

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