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Apple’s Cook Calls for Stronger Privacy Regulations

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says the use by third parties of Facebook information that users hadn’t intended to allow to be used shows a need for stronger regulations on internet privacy.

Cook said during a session at the China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday that the United States needs “well-crafted” regulations that prevent the information of users being put together and applied in new ways without their knowledge, according to a report in Fortune Magazine.

Facebook has come under scrutiny after reports that it allowed a British elections constulant called Cambridge Analytica to amass information on 50 million users, many of whom hadn’t specifically allowed their data to be harvested. Facebook’s shares have fallen 14 percent since the reports.

“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident, according to Fortune. “The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.

“We’ve worried for a number of years that people in many countries were giving up data probably without knowing fully what they were doing and that these detailed profiles that were being built of them, that one day something would occur and people would be incredibly offended by what had been done without them being aware of it,” he said. “Unfortunately that prediction has come true more than once.”

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