Big US technology companies should brace themselves for “inevitable” regulation, according to Apple’s
Cook predicted the US would pass new laws targeting technology firms “at some point” to prevent the misuse of personal data, after a leak of Facebook
“Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation,” Cook told Axios. “I’m a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn’t worked here. I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation.”
Cook argued that tech companies should embrace new regulations. “This is not a matter of privacy versus profits, or privacy versus technical innovation,” he said. “That’s a false choice.”
In March, Cook sharply rebuked Zuckerberg and Facebook’s business model, saying detailed profiles of individuals compiled by internet platforms should not exist. He called for “ some well-crafted regulations ” to prevent the information of users being put together and passed on without their knowledge.
In a speech in
It emerged in October that Google failed to disclose a data leak for months, fearing a regulatory clampdown: a bug in Google+ allowed third-party app developers to access the data not just of users who granted permission but also that of their friends.