Google and Facebook threaten human rights, report of the human rights organization Amnesty International. According to experts, because IT giants netizens are trapped — either they have to give their personal data or not to use modern technologies, including the Internet.
Constant surveillance of billions of people from the Internet giants, in particular Facebook and Google, threatens human rights, including the right to freedom of expression, says the report of the human rights organization Amnesty International.
The Internet has become an integral part of modern life for many people around the world. The companies of the “Big five” — Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook — have a dominant impact in many technological fields.
Amnesty International claims that Google and Facebook are the most dangerous, as their activities threaten human rights.
The report indicates that the share of Google accounted for 90% of all search queries, while services Facebook daily uses a third of the population of the globe.
“Billions of people have no choice but to attend this public [online] space on the terms dictated by Facebook and Google,” said Secretary General of Amnesty International Kumi Naidoo.
According to him, Internet users “is not signed”. Now, when people become dependent on the Internet services and instant messengers, they are trapped.
“We’re trapped. Either we submit to this Intrusive surveillance, when our data are converted into a weapon to manipulate us, or even abandon the advantages of the digital world,” — said the Secretary General of Amnesty International.
According to the report of human rights organizations, the problem is that the tech company became too large, get their hands on a huge impact. But Amnesty doesn’t offer to “destroy” IT-giants as it requires more and more politicians in the States. The organization believes that this situation will change in the business model that companies could not make money on advertising, so collect as much personal data of users.
In addition, Amnesty called on world governments to develop new laws in the field of privacy of personal information and to strengthen existing ones.
“Our business model allows organizations, including Amnesty International, to find supporters, to raise funds and to follow his mission,” — said the press service of the social network.
A Google spokesperson said that the company is actively working to give people more control over their personal data.
“We understand that people trust us with their information and we are responsible for it. Over the past year and a half we have made significant progress in this direction by creating tools that allow users to control their data,” Google said in a statement without specifying what kind of tools the company has in mind.
On the eve with the criticism of Facebook and Google was made by Apple CEO Tim cook. He stated that he did not understand “trend”, when progress in technology, particularly in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is impossible without a huge amount of personal data that the IT-companies to share their users. Apple CEO declared that the mission of his company is to improve the quality of life of the client, while remaining faithful to the moral principles of the brand, but not all in the Valley of the same opinion.
“Some people think that it is impossible to get a good AI, if you do not load a ton of data about the personal life of each person in detail. We don’t accept and believe it is a bad deal,” said the head of the company.
Words cook are among techcompanies, whose business model involves collecting personal data for sale to marketers to customize ad targeting, or to develop their own technologies. This business model adopted by many major IT companies, including Google and Facebook.
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