Apple repeats that "the customer is not our product," this time to Congress
Back during the early days of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many eyes turned to Apple. CEO Tim Cook was asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, and the Apple executive's response has become something of a mantra for Apple. "I wouldn’t be in this situation," Cook said. "We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that."
Today, Apple's director of federal government affairs, Timothy Powderly, essentially repeated Cook's comments in a letter written to Oregon Rep. Greg Walden (R), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The letter was written in response to a missive that the congressman had sent to Tim Cook last month. Besides asking about Apple's position on privacy, Walden wanted to know whether the microphone used for Siri could be used to listen in to conversations, and how Apple collects information including location data.
A similar letter as the one sent Cook from Rep. Walden was also mailed to Alphabet CEO Larry Page. However, the questions sent to Page included one that asked whether Google receives location data from users of Android phones, even if the handset's location services have been disabled.
Check out the original letter from Rep. Walden by clicking on this link.