Following yesterday’s education-focused Apple media event in Chicago, CEO Tim Cook returned to Lane Tech College Prep High School today for a taped interview with Recode, which tweeted key details from the conversation. In addition to discussing education, Cook addressed a handful of recent topics, ranging from the Facebook debacle and user privacy to Apple’s next campus and jobs.
Asked about Facebook, Cook said that while he believes that the best regulation is self-regulation — without government involvement — it is too late at this point for Facebook to regulate itself. “It’s clear to me that something, some large profound change is needed,” Cook said. “I’m personally not a big fan of regulation because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it, however I think this certain situation is so dire, and has become so large, that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary.”
Cook was asked what he would be doing right now if he was Mark Zuckerberg. “I wouldn’t be in this situation,” Cook replied. He also reiterated Apple’s view that “privacy to us is a human right, a civil liberty,” and that Apple has elected not to monetize its users’ personal lives.
He also offered some fairly disconcerting advice on how users should protect their privacy, in light of the Facebook situation:
Asked about Apple’s next headquarters-sized campus,…