Tim Cook defended taking Google billions of dollars among concerns for the partnership to undermine Apple's nonsense approach to privacy.
Google pays Apple more than $ 9 billion a year to be the default search engine on iPhone, according to a Goldman Sachs estimate set by Business Insider.
But Google has been blighted by a number of privacy concerns in recent months. The company turned off its Google+ social network for consumers in October after 500,000 accounts were violated, while the Associated Press found in August that Google services on iPhone saved location data, even when users did not tell them.
Despite the recent fears, Apple CEO Cook caused his deal with Google when asked whether it would harm Apple's privacy. He told "Axios on HBO" on Sunday:
"I think the search engine is the best. Look at what we've done with the controls we've built. We have private browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. Attempted to do is come up with ways to help our users throughout their day. It's not a perfect thing. I'd be the first person to say that. "
Cook has long considered Apple's approach to privacy as a "basic human right." He has been vocal about the company's record as rivals, including Facebook and Google, have been pulled into scandals this year.
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Cook launched a blow attack last month on companies that hang "industrial" amounts of personal data. Speaking at a privacy conference in Brussels, he said that the storage of personal data constituted supervision and should make us "very unpleasant".
"Our own information, from daily to deeply personal, becomes weapon against us with military efficiency," he said, asking for "comprehensive federal privacy law" in the United States.
Cook did not mention Facebook or Google by name, but they were a clear goal when they got access to giant pools of personal information that allowed them to customize advertising.