"We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them," Cook said in the Oct. 24 speech. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us."
Those comments were primarily directed at Facebook and Google, the two biggest tech companies that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. Both of those companies have battled a public reckoning over their user privacy practices over the last few years, and that reckoning is far from over.
But that hasn't stopped Apple from working with the companies it disagrees with. Facebook's and Google's apps are available in Apple's app store, for example, and Apple accepts billions of dollars a year from Google so Google can be the default search engine in the Safari web browser.