Congress has been struggling for years to pass a federal data protection law, but on Friday legislators won an unexpected ally in Apple CEO Tim Cook.
t corrects their mistakes, and it's time for the government to intervene – ideally with federal data protection law. "I think we can all admit that it is time to legislate if you've tried to do something and the companies have not been self-monitoring," he said, "and I think we have them Time exceeded. "  But while many focus on splitting companies like Facebook into separate, smaller entities, the regulators, according to Cook, are too focused on antitrust measures and not enough privacy. It makes no sense to break up big tech companies without paying attention to how much user data is being collected. "If you do not take an action that has significantly less data in the remaining companies," Cook told ABC, "you did not do anything."
The news comes as technology giants, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google numerous antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice and many Attorney General. Businesses are accused of anti-competitive business practices that may have hurt consumers.
Cook acknowledged that if one of the companies is classified as a monopoly and the regulators can prove that they have abused that monopoly power, then separation may be required. "It's up to the courts and regulators to decide, not me," he added. "But if the answer is yes, there is a monopoly, yes, you abused it, then the remedy for one of them is the separation."
The tour highlighted Cook's unusual relationship with President Trump, who has largely escaped public scrutiny. Cook sits on the President's Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has used this relationship to promote favorable policies towards Apple. "I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see how Apple builds plants in the US, and that's what happens," the president told reporters after the plant tour. In fact, the existing plant is not Apple and has been producing Mac Pros since 2013.