It seems Tim Cook had more on his schedule than a meeting with BILD during his visit to Berlin yesterday: the newspaper reports that he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cook told BILD that they discussed security, net neutrality, environmental protection and education–but the key topic appears to have been data privacy.

Cook said that he could well understand Germany’s strong stance on data privacy, stating that Germans “have the same views on privacy as I do” … 


Cook said it was the first time he had met Merkel, and that he was “impressed by her deep knowledge of many different topics.”

The Apple CEO takes a tough line on privacy, recently telling a White House security summit that “History has shown us that sacrificing our right to privacy can have dire consequences […] we risk our way of life.”

BILD also shared some additional photos of Cook, including one of him being handed a piece of the Berlin wall, and another looking out over where the wall once stood, dividing East and West Berlin. The tie was, it seems, for the meeting with Merkel–he removed it afterwards.

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