Tim Cook: Apple has 'zero' collusion with Facebook on shady data-sharing

Tim Cook: Apple has 'zero' collusion with Facebook on shady data-sharing
The New York Times got out with an investigation regarding Facebook's tracking practices the other day, and it marked most Silicon Valley juggernauts as partners in its privacy crimes. "Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade," claimed the publication.

We are learning a lot about dubious data-sharing practices by Facebook and others, which were going on since its inception (what do you think Farmville did with your data?), but are just now receiving attention, thanks to the Russian collusion investigation that made lawmakers use phrases like "third-party app plugins" in a conversation, for the amusement of most techies that have been knowing this all along.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook, however, sat for an interview after the WWDC keynote yesterday, and crushed the myth for its own purported collusion with Facebook in a single sentence: 


That's not the first time Apple's CEO comments on Facebook's dubious data-sharing decisions, too. Asked what he would do if he was Mark Zuckerberg, he quickly replied: "I wouldn’t be in this situation," forcing Facebook's CEO to call this comment "glib." Seeing the rest that Tim Cook had to say, one would think that "don't be evil" is Apple's motto now, instead of Google's initial slogan.


Given Apple's $200+ billion war chest, it doesn't really need to scrape by by mining and reselling its user's personal data for any purposes, and that's the beauty of being the most successful hardware company ever. "We have never been about maximizing the number of times you pick [the device] up, the number of hours that you use it," added Tim Cook, in stark contrast to what most everybody else scrambles to do in a Silicon Valley that is all about software margins.

source: NPR

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46 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1479; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They are all guilty on gathering data to benefit themselves. Even if they didn’t help Facebook they still do their shady moves

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7327; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Of course Apple is in on it, especially when they control, check and screen every app, and how they work before they go on Apple own app store. What does anyone expect Apple to say? Oh, right Apple will just lie.

33. lyndon420

Posts: 6774; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple is trying to get back into the ad business... can't tell me they won't be harvesting info in the process.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Well if Tim Cook himself says this story is not true for Apple's part then it must be true

13. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Seems like you know Tim Cook more than he knows himself, fella.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The sky is blue, the sea is deep, CEOs lie.

19. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

The biggest lie of the year!!

39. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, if Apple says so...of course, they also said only nine phones bent, and that they didn't slow down older phones intentionally, and that all other phones suffered the same antenna issues. So, maybe we can't just take them at their word (like every other major corporation)

43. whatev

Posts: 2242; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Exactly just like Samsung with the Note 7, political scandals in South Korea, and many others like that time when they were exposed with real documents proving they wanted to copy the iPhone to the slightest detail and when they paid trolls similar to you to bash other companies on forums and YouTube; damn those nasty companies, no one can’t believe them

44. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look, up in the sky! It's a turd with no brain! It's DEFLECTOR! Yes, DEFLECTOR, strange visitor from the RDF. Able to bend logic with with a single sentence, faster to bring up Samsung in an Apple discussion than any troll.

46. whatev

Posts: 2242; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Mission accomplished, I hit the nerve and look how triggered you are, love it, you made my day, thanks! :))))) And btw, you are calling me deflector but then make a comment like the one below since you can’t disprove my points, I’m screaming out of laughter, thanks again

45. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

By the way, Samsung took responsibility for the Note 7, and made amends without being forced to. That's the difference. Though I know the only difference that matters to you is the logo.

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