Apple got it wrong -- Google is the safest place on the Web, the search giant's chairman says.
"We have always been the leader in security and encryption," Eric Schmidt told CNNMoney. "Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They're catching up, which is great."
"But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn't come at the expense of your privacy," Cook said on Apple's newly updated privacy website.
Schmidt fired back against Cook, saying Google works extremely hard to protect its users' information from other companies, the government, and hackers. He also noted customers have the option to change their settings and share less.
"Someone didn't brief him correctly on Google's policies," Schmidt said. "It's unfortunate for him."
Google recently unveiled a system that allows Gmail users to fully encrypt their emails, and the company said Android phones -- like iPhones -- will be encrypted by default when the next version of the operating system comes out this fall. That makes it difficult -- though not impossible -- for governments and law enforcement to look at the content stored in your email and phones.
In a year of huge hacking headlines from Home Depot ( to )Apple's celebrity nude photo leak, Schmidt also pointed out there have been no significant data breaches of Google.
Schmidt and former Google Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg just released their book "How Google Works."