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Tim Cook’s Thoughts On Facebook’s Privacy Echo Steve Jobs’ Warning From 2010
By Mikelle Leow, 26 Mar 2018
Image via Laura Hutton / Shutterstock.com
It’s impossible for tech giants to turn away from the gravity of the scandal that Facebook has recently been smacked with. In light of the security crisis that has breached 50 million accounts, Tim Cook has give his two cents’ worth on the matter, underscoring that it requires critical attention.
Speaking at the China Development Forum on Sunday, Apple’s CEO said, “I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary.”
“The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life—from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist,” Cook added.
As it turns out, his predecessor, Steve Jobs, possessed foresight not only on the product innovation front, but also seemed to have seen Facebook’s downfall coming—Cook’s words surprisingly mirrored what Jobs warned Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg about eight years ago.
In 2010, Facebook was knee-deep in criticism about how it “forced” users to share data, and when asked what he thought about the situation, Jobs described, “Silicon Valley is not monolithic. We’ve always had a very different view of privacy than some of our colleagues in the Valley.”
“Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for, in plain English, and repeatedly.”
“I’m an optimist; I believe people are smart, and some people want to share more data than other people do. Ask them. Ask them every time. Make them tell you to stop asking them if they get tired of your asking them. Let them know precisely what you’re going to do with their data.”
Jobs also said that users might consider Apple “old-fashioned” for sticking to these principles, “And maybe we are, but we worry about stuff like this.”
[via TechCrunch and Quartz, cover image via Laura Hutton / Shutterstock.com]
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