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CEO Tim Cook Rejects Report Apple May Abuse Facebook Data

CEO Tim Cook Rejects Report Apple May Abuse Facebook Data
Apple CEO Tim Cook (Niall Carson/AP)

By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 10:16 PM

Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the iPhone maker's data practices Monday in the wake of an explosive New York Times report that said it was among tech firms that had access to Facebook users' personal information — insisting "we've never been in the data business."

"The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested — zero," Cook told NPR.

"What we did was we integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing," Cook told NPR. "So, it's a convenience for the user. We weren't in the data business. We've never been in the data business."

According to the Times, Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with tech giants including Apple and Samsung in deals that gave device makers access to users' information, such as relationship status and political affiliation.

In its own rebuttal, Facebook said the agreement with Apple and other firms allowed users to streamline their Facebook experience before the app store made it possible to do so.

"These partners signed agreements that prevented people's Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences," Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in the post.

Facebook also insisted firms like Apple did not abuse the access to information.

The social media giant has come under intense scrutiny from users and lawmakers after it was reported British data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from millions of users without their consent.

In response to that breach, Cook slammed Facebook's privacy standards this March — calling for the government to regulate the platform.

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In the wake of an explosive The New York Times report, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the iPhone maker's data practices Monday, saying "we've never been in the data business."
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