Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘not positive’ United States will pass wise policy for tech

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Apple CEO Tim Cook 'not confident' US will pass smart regulation for tech

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Tim Cook has actually been taking a harder stand on social concerns because ending up being Apple’s CEO 8 years back.


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Lawmakers and regulators in Washington might be itching to increase oversight of the tech market, however Tim Cook isn’t persuaded they’ll get it right.

Speaking at the Time 100 Summit in New York on Tuesday, Apple’s CEO stated he’s “not confident” the United States will compose wise guidelines targeted at the tech market. He’s not alone, especially after a series of hearings on Capitol Hill exposed legislator’s awkward absence of understanding about how the tech market works.

Cook included that the efforts of European legislators to enhance personal privacy guidelines, such as through in 2015’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), were “a step in the right direction.” 

Something, he stated, requires to be done.

“I think there are some serious issues with tech,” Cook stated. “We all have to be intellectually honest and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working. And that technology needs to be regulated.”

This isn’t the very first time Cook has pressed on personal privacy concerns, nor the very first time he’s required brand-new guidelines while slamming his peers in the market. Apple has actually even turned this concern into mass marketing, setting up signboards and launching tv commercials to dramatize what it states is a dedication to personal privacy that some other huge tech business do not share.

Cook has actually likewise been speaking up on social concerns, typically disagreeing openly with President Donald Trump. Cook states it isn’t about politics, regardless of how polarizing it may be to some individuals.

“I try not to get wrapped up in a pretzel about who we upset, because at the end of the day — not in the thick of the moment, but at the end of the day — we’ll be judged more by, ‘Did we stand up for what we believed in?'” Cook stated throughout his approximately 20-minute chat. “I think still, people appreciate that, even when they do disagree.”

Cook likewise discussed Apple’s 2016 legal fight with the FBI, throughout which federal government legal representatives asked a court to force Apple to assist
it hack into a thought terrorist’s iPhone (the FBI ultimately pulled back when it discovered a brand-new method to hack the phone).

“I wish that case would have gone to court, to be honest,” Cook stated. “I think this was not the government’s finest hour. I have personally never seen the government apparatus move against a company, like it did here, in a very dishonest manner.”

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