Apple requested ‘zero’ personal data in deals with Facebook – CEO Tim Cook

“‘We’ve never been in the data business,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR on Monday, responding to a report that Facebook struck agreements giving Apple and other device makers access to Facebook users’ personal information,” Laura Sydell and Steve Isnkeep report for NPR. “Information on users’ relationship status, religion and political leaning is among the private data that became available under partnerships between Facebook and at least 60 device makers, The New York Times reported.”

“”The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship statuses and all these kinds of stuff, this is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested — zero,” Cook told NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Laura Sydell during the company’s annual conference for developers in San Jose, Calif,” Sydell and Isnkeep report. “‘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 added. ‘So it’s a convenience for the user. We weren’t in the data business. We’ve never been in the data business.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In other words, The New York Times got it wrong about Apple, yet again.

As for Facebook, as we’ve written previously, “If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane.”

Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider, May 13, 2010:

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

Facebook CEO blasts Apple’s latest privacy protections as ‘cute virtue signaling’ – June 5, 2018
Facebook gave personal data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon and Samsung – June 4, 2018


  1. To be fair, the Times never claimed that Apple had ever accessed that data, only that Facebook’s standard data-sharing agreement would have allowed it.

  2. Exactly, and then a bunch of commenters attacked Apple and Tim Cook for being hypocritical and Apple users for being naive.

    They live by the attack first ignore questions later motto.

  3. they’re not dumbfucks, mark. they’re people. typical human beings whose predisposition was to ascribe to others the presumption of integrity and ethical conduct. their only mistake was to confuse you with someone of decency. maybe, now, that you have ‘duplicitous asshole’ tattooed on your forehead, it’s not likely anyone will make that mistake, again. ––thumbs up, mark 🙂

    1. “…Typical human beings whose predisposition was to ascribe to others the presumption of integrity and ethical conduct…”

      Well thats called Naïveté !

      Live and learn …and dont believe everything u have been told or that’s written.. applies to All.

      Lifes a bitch… then u become one… or whine your way to six feet under..

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