Apple CEO Tim Cook, long the staunch supporter of consumer privacy, says he supports the idea that technology companies face regulations that specify how they can use customer data. Speaking at the China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday, Cook was asked what he thought about what should happen after Facebook's latest privacy fiasco, according to Bloomberg's summary of his comments.
"I think this certain situation is so serious and it has become so big that some well-elaborated regulation is probably necessary," he said. "The ability of anyone to know what you've been looking at for years, who your contacts are, who your contacts are, what you like and what you do not like, and every intimate detail of your life, from my point of view, It should not "not exist. "Cook did not specify what he wants to see in a possible legislation, but he stressed that lawmakers should be careful when creating it." At a surprising moment during a CNN interview that took place during the course of the message earlier this week, the Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, did not oppose the idea of external regulation.
The Cambridge Analytica controversy has led people to review their Facebook settings, and many have been surprised to discover the large volume of third-party applications that have access to aspects of their account and personal information. Others had no idea to what extent Facebook has built portraits of their interests, "likes" and other details extracted from their history of interaction with the social network.
"We worried for several years that people in many countries were probably delivering data without knowing very well what they were doing and that these detailed profiles that were being built from them, someday something would happen and people would be incredibly offended by what it had been done without them knowing, "he said. "Unfortunately, that prediction has been fulfilled more than once."
Cooking making these statements in China could raise some eyebrows, as Apple recently handed over control of Chinese iCloud accounts to China-based data servers to comply with local law. The company's iPhones continue to offer strong encryption in China, but the concern is that iCloud backups may be more susceptible to government intrusion.
Cook did not address the situation during his appearance in the Development Forum.