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Cook Tells O’Donnell: “You Can Imagine an Environment Where Everyone Begins to Think There’s No Privacy. And If There’s No Privacy, Your Freedom of Expression Just Plummets.”

CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, the incoming anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS, sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook in San Jose, Calif. for an exclusive interview after his keynote address at today’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

An excerpt aired tonight, June 3 on the CBS EVENING NEWS (6:30-7:00 PM, ET), with more of the interview airing on tomorrow’s broadcast. Portions of the interview will also be featured on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM); CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service;; CBS News Radio; and CBS Newspath.

Watch a preview and read the story here:

Transcript of the segment is below:

NORAH O’DONNELL: When I listened to that today, that new innovation of that Apple sign-on, I thought, this is Apple taking a shot at the way Facebook and Google is using all of our data.

TIM COOK: You know, we’re not really taking a shot at anybody. We’re – we focus on the user. And the user wants the ability to go across numerous properties on the web without being under surveillance. We’re moving privacy protections forward. And I actually think it’s a very reasonable request for people to make.

O’DONNELL: Do you think Facebook cares about our private security?

COOK: I think that everybody’s beginning to care more – people are becoming more aware of what’s been happening. Many people are getting more offended. I think this is good. Because we need to shine a light on it. You can imagine an environment where everyone begins to think there’s no privacy. And if there’s no privacy, your freedom of expression just plummets. Because now you’re going to be thinking about how everybody’s going know every single thing you’re doing. This is not good for our country, not good for democracy.

O’Donnell will assume her new role at the CBS EVENING NEWS later this summer. An Emmy Award-winning journalist and leading interviewer, O’Donnell remains committed to delivering original reporting and newsmaking conversations for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms ahead of the launch.

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