Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels on October 24, 2018.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook warned that Silicon Valley companies must take responsibility for the "chaos" they create in a speech Sunday at Stanford University.
Although Cook did not mention the companies by name, his opening speech in the Silicon Valley court mentioned breaches of data protection, privacy breaches, and even referred to Theranos, a start-up in disgrace.
"Lately, it seems that this industry is becoming more and more known for a less noble innovation: the belief that one can claim credit without accepting responsibility," Cook said. "We are seeing it every day now with every data breach, every violation of privacy, every blind eye turned to hate speech, false information poisoning the national conversation, false miracles in exchange for a single drop of blood."
"It sounds a little crazy that anyone has to say it, but if you build a chaos factory, you can not escape chaos responsibility."
This is the latest in a series of Cook's speeches in which he has exposed his views on data security while criticizing Google, Facebook and other technology companies for their data approach. user and privacy, generally without naming these companies. Apple introduces privacy as a key feature of the iPhone and has recently released a privacy-driven login feature that rivals Google and Facebook.
Cook told new Stanford graduates that digital surveillance was threatening innovation and would have "shut down Silicon Valley before it started."
"If we accept as normal and inevitable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold and even disclosed in case of hacking, we are losing so much more than data.We lose the freedom of being human," said Cook in a statement. opening speech.
The rest of the talk covered topics such as how to leave a legacy and advice to students on how to follow their own path.
In January, Cook called for the creation of a "clearing house" of the Federal Trade Commission, which would allow people to track and erase personal data held by companies.
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