In an interview with Charlie Rose, Tim Cook said Apple is, and never will be, a “treasure trove” of user data for the NSA. His comments come on the heels of a high-profile iCloud hack, which led to dozens of leaked nude celebrity photos.
Cook said Apple isn’t interested in having information about its customers, saying, “You’re not our product,” when referring to Apple’s customers.
“I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money?” Cook said to Rose. “Follow the money. And if they’re making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried. And you should really understand what’s happening to that data, and the companies—I think—should be very transparent.”
Cook said Apple doesn’t read emails and messages, and reiterated that the company isn’t passing off private user data to the government. In fact, Cook criticized the government’s approach to data collection, and said the right balance has yet to be found. “I think they erred too much on the collect everything side,” Cook said.
Apple has come under fire lately not only for its iCloud security, but for its Apple Pay system, which the company announced last week. How are we to trust the company with our finances when its cloud service isn’t the most secure place out there? That’s the question on a lot of people’s minds, and Apple has done a lot to address these concerns.
Cook has been pretty open with Rose during the two-part interview, also saying that Apple has some amazing products in the pipeline that have yet to even be rumored.