Tim Cook: The Tech Industry Needs to Prep for Regulation

  • Tim Cook: The Tech Industry Needs to Prep for Regulation

Tim Cook: The Tech Industry Needs to Prep for Regulation

Google Search engine that was the default platform for iOS users is the best, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said, adding that they put in controls in their Safari web browser to safeguard users' data.

Cook has previously criticized the data collection practices of companies like Google and Facebook.

Cook sat down with Axios for its Sunday night broadcast on HBO to talk about some of the current problems in the tech industry.

Implicit in Cook's assertion of market failure is a critique of the way Facebook has handled user data. "It's not a ideal thing, but it goes a long way in helping", Cook told the Axios technology correspondent.

Therefore, it is inevitable to regulate technology companies and social networks to a certain degree, said Cook.

For those who came in late, Cook has been making a scene about privacy and how his glorious product protects privacy while those from Facebook and Google do not.

Axios asked Cook whether the deal compromised Apple's no-nonsense approach to privacy. For context, back in 2017, it was reported that Google had paid Apple $3 billion to remain the default search engine on Apple's iOS devices.

Private web browsing is fine and the intelligent tracker prevention in Safari helps users control whether cookies follow them around the web, although Google quickly found a workaround after the feature was announced. The industry is now beyond the hope of self-regulation, said Cook.

But: "We don't have to admit it, if the free market works". "I agree 100 percent from a gender point of view that the (Silicon) Valley has missed it, and tech in general, has missed it", he said. "I'm actually encouraged at this point that there will be a marked improvement over time". I know we spend a lot of energy on this and are constantly asking ourselves, 'How can we improve more?' and listening to what our folks tell us. He then proceeds to read through user comments for an hour before hitting the gym - which helps Cook "keep stress at bay". Back in 2014, while talking to Charlie Rose in an interview, Tim Cook said that "When an online service is free, you're not the customer".