Apple’s Tim Cook takes a dig at technology rivals for “weaponization” of customer data

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, on Wednesday warned the world’s most powerful regulators that the poor privacy practices of some tech companies, the ills of social media and the erosion of trust in his own industry threaten to undermine “technology’s awesome potential” to address challenges such as disease and climate change.

“Now, more than ever — as leaders of governments, as decision-makers in business, and as citizens — we must ask ourselves a fundamental question: What kind of world do we want to live in?” he said.

In a searing critique of Silicon Valley — delivered from the well of the European Parliament in Brussels — Cook began by emphasizing he remains optimistic that “new technologies are driving breakthroughs in humanity’s greatest common projects.”


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