Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook this evening sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Laurie Segall, where he discussed everything from his iPhone usage habits to the importance of privacy.

    On the subject of device usage, Cook says that when he started using the new Screen Time feature built into iOS 12, he found he was spending too much time on the iPhone. "I found I was spending a lot more time than I should," he said. "I thought I was fairly disciplined about this. And I was wrong."


    Cook said that Apple is aiming to provide the tools to consumers to let them make their own decisions about device usage, and what's considered too much will vary from person to person. He said that while Apple wants customers to be "incredibly satisfied and empowered," it's not the goal to get customers to spend all of their time on iOS devices.
    Cook reiterated his stance on privacy, and called it a "fundamental human right," as he has done in the past. He said it's "not healthy" to point a finger at companies like Facebook, and instead, we should be focusing on making the web an "unbelievable place."
    Cook said customers can trust Apple to be "on their side." "We're the trusted adviser and company here," he said, explaining that people are not fully aware of how their data is being used and who has access to it. "I think this needs to be addressed."

    The interviewer asked Cook whether or not he was concerned about machines taking over the world, and he said it's not something that he worries about. Instead, he is concerned about people becoming more machine-like.
    Cook said he doesn't consider himself to be political, and suggested that he would not run for political office.
    He also said that he believes Steve Jobs would support Apple's current trajectory when asked how Jobs would feel "about this moment in time."
    Several snippets of Cook's full interview, which cover topics like DACA, immigration, tariffs, and more, are available over on CNN and are well worth checking out for those who want to see everything Cook had to say this evening.

    Cook also did a separate interview with NPR, which covered topics like privacy, rumors that Apple had access to Facebook users' personal information, the new Screen Time feature, and the Trump administration.

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  2. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  3. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    Says the guy who negotiated a secret deal to have Google pay Apple over $1B per year to make Google the default search engine on Safari on iOS. Apple may not be invading our privacy but they sure don't mind being enriched by letting other companies do it for them.
  4. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    Does Tim Cook believe access to technology and the internet, is a Fundamental Human Right?
    He often takes swipes at Google et. al. for their privacy while running a company that make tech for only the wealthy of the world.
  5. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Let’s be realistic tho. 99% of people probably would make google their default anyway and it’s not like you can’t change it.
  6. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    Perhaps, but getting paid $1B/year+ to do it while preaching about protecting your users' privacy is the height of hypocrisy.
  7. 008325 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    maybe its true for the American people or the people under democracy country but they are not acting the same on
    Dictatorship country. Apple give up everything about privacy for money and market share.
    it sounds like reasonable in company perspective, but if its the case, don't pretend apple like a super hero or take side with consumer or "human". its' very disgusting and makes you hypocritical.
  8. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    This app time usage limit is th most un-corporate thing they have ever done. This could be great for users. Forcing social apps to compete for time will only make the apps better.
  9. corebeliefs macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2016
    Aside from all the inconsistencies of Tim Cook's position re: China and Google, it is true that high Apple hardware costs do make it profitable for Apple, without mining and selling our data. If they started to do that, their excuse for charging so much for hardware would go completely away.
  10. i75.bjc macrumors newbie


    May 2, 2016
    "I'm not political.", said Tim Cook.
    How can this be since this TC is the most political CEO that Apple has ever had. He sticks his nose into all the "important" political issues.
    I miss Steve Jobs.
  11. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I like Tim Cook both as a CEO and person and I don’t care what anyone at MacRumors has to say about it. He’s not perfect but has good principles and is smarter than most anyone here.
  12. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Too much time on the iPhone, not enough time on the Mac...
  13. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Um, no it’s not. You maybe want them to block google and google apps?
  14. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    You’re not political? His whole statement is invalid.
  15. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    Give credit where credit is due, thank you for defending privacy, the new Safari features prove it's not just words. Thank you Tim.
  16. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I like Vero's use of it so far by just letting you know how much time you spend on there. I'm probably glad that didn't exist back in the day when I played World of Warcraft.
  17. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2005
    I don't see Tim Cook as a political person. Maybe relative to Jobs but I'd rather have Cook's advocacy than Jobs'. Things that he's spoken out about are largely about values important to Apple and things that I think most people agree about. Climate change, DACA, privacy, gay rights, etc. I'd rather have someone of his importance defending these important issues than ignoring them. I agree that he would not do well in the political arena though, I think that's more of what he's saying.
  18. jdogg836 macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010
    Ever used any of the Health apps? You have to explicitly allow that data to be shared outside of the app. Getting this health data directly to your device without passing through Apple's servers, along with requiring my authorization to share with others, shows their commitment to privacy just as stated by Tim Cook today.
  19. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    I wonder what Apple does with the user data they got when they bought Shazam.
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    He speaks out on social issues, not so much on political ones. Obviously those things can overlap to the extent that politicians and political parties take stands on social issues, but I do see a difference between being an advocate for social positions and being a political partisan or an actual politician.

    It's an interesting point. Companies like FB and Google can bring low cost tech to more people because of how their business model works, but that same business model inherently involves more intrusion into privacy.

    I think it's good both Apple and Google exist. I'm glad that Google can offer its services to people who can't afford to pay Apple's prices, but I'm also glad that I can choose to pay those prices and not surrender my personal data to Google.
  21. JWiLL1988 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2017
    NO ONE is obligated to make something so that you can afford it
  22. Kaibelf, Jun 4, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 4, 2018

    Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Something tells me you don’t know what hypocrisy means.
  23. Somian macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2011
    Cupertino, CA
    iOS should have a native integration with the Pavlok and zap you when you play too much clicker heroes :D
  24. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    I am not political.
    Launched homosexual pride watch bands/faces.
  25. asiga, Jun 4, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2018

    asiga macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    The user privacy has nothing to do with what Tim Cook is saying. Protecting the user privacy implies giving us the power to avoid that none of our data is sent through apps. But the whole of the current Apple business is about our data and the “big data” trend, so Tim Cook will keep pretending that not collaborating with the FBI in crime investigation and the hypocritical disabling of these “like” buttons means something for our privacy. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with privacy. To begin with, one of the first steps in respecting our privacy is letting us choose to stay in former iOS versions that collect less data from us. But Apple business depends on services from our data... so please, Tim shut up because you are not being honest.

    The day you give to iOS the same degree of user freedom that old OSX versions had, the day you stop those nagging pop ups that later you use for pretending that 95% of users want your updates, and the day when iOS lets the user completely stop collecting any data -yes, even locally in the device- (and stop deciding when I have a new memory... please Apple memories are mine, not decided by the Photos app), then when that day comes, you’ll be able to talk about protecting the user privacy.

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