Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has lambasted rival tech firms over privacy and warned about government attempts to weaken encryption technologies.
Cook did little to disguise his criticisms of firms such as Google and Facebook, which he says seek to collect as much information about people as possible in order to make money.
Cook was speaking to the EPIC Champions of Freedom event in Washington earlier this week, which honored him for ‘corporate leadership’. The hosts of the event included cryptography luminary Bruce Schneier.
“Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook was quoted as saying on Techcrunch. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”
And Cook then used his speech to attack rivals. Whilst he did not publicly named Google and Facebook, it is clear he was referring to companies which rely on advertising revenues based on the data they collect from users.
“I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” Cook reportedly said. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”
Cook added that Apple ‘doesn’t want your data.’