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Google's Eric Schmidt responds to Tim Cook's security claims

News by Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014.

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At the moment, asking if Google (or indeed Android) or Apple is more secure is choosing between the proverbial rock and hard place. Just a month ago we probably would have said Apple without hesitation, at least when compared to Android, but the recent iCloud scandal has thrown that into doubt. Although, Android is like the Wild West sometimes and Google as a whole has not been without its own privacy issues.

So when Apple CEO Tim Cook threw some comments around that Apple is the most secure ecosystem, it did not sit well at Mountain View. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is touring his new book, and responded thusly to Cook's comments:

Someone didn't brief him correctly on Google's policies," Schmidt declared. "It's unfortunate for him. In the first place, in Google's case, we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They're catching up, which is great.

Schmidt was surprisingly animated in his answer, so did Cook hit his mark or was he so wrong that it irked the Google chief? Well, in terms of Android Schmidt has little to defend, especially as Android boss Sundar Pichai has admitted that policing security on the platform is hard because it is given free to third parties. He said Google does all it can, but sometimes third party practises make the platform less secure, Pichai said it was "easy" for Apple managing a closed ecosystem.

However, it is worth mentioning that Cook was not necessarily talking directly about security and more about data collecting. He said that Apple has no reason to collect data because it makes no money from it, whereas some companies (ahem, Google) make most of their money from the practise. So, perhaps Google encrypts the hell out of your personal information, but it probably still shares it.

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