Tim Cook, who advocates users’ privacy and has criticized Google for its data hogging services, defended Apple’s multi-billion deal with the search giant in the latest interview on HBO.
Apple earns $3 to $9 billion from Google for allowing the company to remain the default search engine on the Safari browser, Siri Web search, and other Apple services.
When asked about how comfortable he is on penning a deal with Google, Cook said Google’s “search engine is the best”. He said that Apple had created a multitude of safety features available in Safari, including private web browsing and intelligent tracker prevention introduced in iOS 12.
Tim’s words were: “I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day.”
He even went on to say that the Apple-Google partnership is “not perfect” but supported his statement by adding that it “goes a long way to helping [both the companies].”
Apple CEO also said that some level of regulations in the Silicon Valley is “inevitable.” He added that he believes in the free market, but it is not working at the moment and it is the need of the hour to impose some regulations.