In worrying data spying trends across the globe there is even more reason everyone should be worried about what information is being shared and extracted in our digital world. Apple CEO, Tim Cook recently spoke out about the extent of this sharing. No doubt he has some good insight into what is going on and privy to a lot more information than most people. When the CEO of the largest tech company in the world says you should be concerned, I think we need to listen carefully.

Cook spoke with the Telegraph in an extensive interview covering data privacy, government snooping, terrorism and more. In the interview he said consumers often “don’t fully understand what is going on”, he added. “One day they will, and will be very offended.”

He also made some very interesting points about terrorism in the interview and makes it clear that giving up our privacy in the name of terrorism is not a compromise we need to make. As he points out “Terrorists will encrypt. They know what to do. If we don’t encrypt, the people we affect [by cracking down on privacy] are the good people. They are the 99.999pc of people who are good.”

Time Cook and Apple Privacy

“We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.” – Apple CEO Tim Cook

Cook paints a very sobering picture of where we are today and the lack of privacy. “We are not a treasure trove of data. It is a cop-out to say: choose between privacy or security. There is no reason why customers should have to select one. There is no reason not to have both,” he said.