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IRONY ALERT: During China Visit, Cook Calls for Stronger Privacy Regulations

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks it’s time to beef up privacy regulations that protect user data. The only problem? He said it in a country that spies on its citizens with Apple’s help.

By NTK Staff | 03.26.2018 @2:30pm
IRONY ALERT: During China Visit, Cook Calls for Stronger Privacy Regulations

Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to China to attend the annual China Development Forum in Beijing this weekend.

Asked about privacy concerns and protecting user data, Cook had this to say:

“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. “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 managed to deliver those lines without choking on the irony of his remarks, which is would be impressive if it weren’t so sad.

Here’s why: in February, Apple made the widely-criticized decision to appease the Chinese government by moving its iCloud storage data of Chinese users from U.S. facilities to mainland China. That decision gave the authoritarian Chinese government the ability to bypass U.S. law and due process, and directly spy on its citizens’ data.

The reason for Apple’s move? Cook and his team didn’t want to lose the Chinese market as a huge source of revenue. So much for “Think Different.”

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