Tim Cook: We never requested data from Facebook

Tim Cook: We never requested data from Facebook
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Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's data practices on Monday following a New York Times report that said Apple was among tech firms that had access to Facebook users’ personal information.

"The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship statuses and all these kinds of stuff, this is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested — zero," Cook told NPR.

Cook said the company is not in the "data business,” but rather sought to make it easier for users to share photos on Facebook. 

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Cook’s comments come in response to a Times report that said Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with tech giants including Apple and Samsung. The deals gave device makers access to users’ information, such as relationship status and political affiliation. 

In its own statement Monday, Facebook said the agreement with Apple and other firms allowed users to streamline their Facebook experience before the app store made it possible to do so. 

“These partners signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences,” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in a statement.

Facebook said that firms such as Apple did not abuse the access to information.

Facebook faced intense scrutiny from users and lawmakers earlier this year after it was reported that British data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from millions of users without their consent.

In response to that breach, Cook criticized Facebook's privacy standards and called for the government to regulate the platform.