UNPRECEDENTED 'ARCHITECTURE OF SURVEILLANCE' CREATED BY FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE POSES GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS THREAT: REPORT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

UNPRECEDENTED 'ARCHITECTURE OF SURVEILLANCE' CREATED BY FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE POSES GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS THREAT: REPORT

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

"Their insidious control of our digital lives undermines the very essence of privacy and is one of the defining human rights challenges of our era."

A new report from Amnesty International accuses Facebook and Google of having a "surveillance-based business model" that threatens users' right to privacy and other human rights.

The tech giants, said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, have amassed "unparalleled power over the digital world by harvesting and monetizing the personal data of billions of people. Their insidious control of our digital lives undermines the very essence of privacy and is one of the defining human rights challenges of our era."

Facebook and Google, according to the report, deserve to be singled out of the so-called Big 5 for their outsize influence on internet users.

With Facebook controlling not only its eponymous social media platform but also WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, and Google parent company Alphabet in control of YouTube and the Android mobile operating system as well as the search engine, the companies "control the primary channels that people rely on to engage with the internet."

In fact, the report continues, the two companies control "an architecture of surveillance that has no basis for comparison in human history."

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And one has to wonder just how long before they, too, get compromised.

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