Eric Schmidt takes jab at Apple and Tim Cook over privacy

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When Tim Cook and Eddy Cue introduced Apple Pay early last month, there were a few swipes made at Google's expense. Specifically, Apple executives made a point of noting that Apple isn't interested in customer data as a means to build a profile to monitor consumer behavior. On the contrary, with Apple Pay, Apple has no idea where you're shopping or what you're buying.

Also last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a letter to Apple customers regarding the protection of user data. While Google wasn't directly mentioned, there were some remarks clearly intended for the folks up in Mountain View.

When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. At Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.”

Not one to ever take things lying down, former Google CEO and current Google chairman Eric Schmidt explained in a recent interview with CNN Money that Google is "far more secure" than Apple.

“Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt quipped. “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.”

The full interview can be viewed below:

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