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 needed to take responsibility for the "chaos" they created in a speech Sunday at Stanford University
Although Cook did not mention companies by name, his start speech in Silicon Valley's backyard mentioned data breaches, privacy violations, and even made reference to Theranos, a disgraced startup.
"Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a lesser noble innovation ̵
: "It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this, but if you built a chaos factory, you can not dodge the responsibility for the chaos."
It's the latest in a series of speeches by Cook in which he has been discussing its views on data security while criticizing Google, Facebook and other technology companies for their approach to user data and privacy, usually without naming those companies. Apple told the new Stanford graduates that digital surveillance threatened innovation and would have "stopped Silicon Valley before it got started. "
" If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold and even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data. , "Cook said in the opening speech."
In January, Cook called for a Federal Trade Commission "clearinghouse" that would allow people to track and delete personal data held by companies
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