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Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple's Tim Cook Slams Facebook: Privacy 'Is a Human Right'

Apple's Tim Cook Slams Facebook: Privacy 'Is a Human Right'

Cook told Swisher that Apple could theoretically "make a ton of money if we monetised our customer, if our customer was our product". He follows that with: "We've elected not to do that".

Cook said Facebook's detailed personal information on its users should not exist in the first place. 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".

Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized Facebook's business model saying that the company should have regulated itself long back but it's too late for that now. "I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary", Cook added. It's a civil liberty, and something that is unique to America.

Facebook is facing harsh criticism from privacy experts across the world for manhandling of user's private data.

Cook feels this sort of data collection is a result of Facebook treating their users as the product instead of the customer. It was given the information by an academic, who violated Facebook policies by sharing it.

As he sat with Hayes and Swisher at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, IL, Cook wasn't shy with his words when it came to what he would do in Mark Zuckerberg's position.

"I think it's an invasion of privacy".

And when Cook was asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg's shoes amid all this controversy, Apple's chief executive was incredibly direct.

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.

Playboy Enterprises said it will deactivate its accounts on Facebook, which cumulatively have more than 25 million followers. By Tuesday its stock had plunged 18% wiping out almost $80 billion in market value, and as a result $14 billion has been shaved off Zuckerberg's personal fortune.

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