Google, Facebook business models threat to human rights: Amnesty | ABS-CBN News

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— The -collection fueling Facebook and represents a threat to around the , said in a report Wednesday.

The organization argued that offering free services and then using about them to -making imperils a gamut of including of and expression.

“Despite the real value of the services they provide, Google and Facebook’s come at a systemic cost,” said in its report, “ Giants.”

“The ’ surveillance-based business model people to make a Faustian bargain, whereby they are only able to enjoy their rights online by submitting to a system predicated on rights .”

With ubiquitous surveillance, the two online giants are able to collect massive amounts of data which be used against their customers, according to the -based human rights group.

The business model is “inherently incompatible with the right to ,” Amnesty contended.

The report maintained that the two firms have established “near-total dominance over the primary channels through which people connect and engage with the online world,” giving them unprecedented power over people’s lives.

“Google and Facebook dominate our lives — amassing unparalleled power over the world by harvesting and monetizing the personal data of of people,” said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s .

“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.”

The report called for governments to implement policies that ensure access to online services while protecting user privacy.

“Governments have an obligation to protect people from by corporations,” Amnesty maintained.

“But for the past two decades, companies have been largely left to self-regulate.”


Facebook pushed back against what it contended were inaccuracies in the report, saying it strongly disagreed with its business model being characterized as surveillance-based.

“Our business model is what allows us to offer an service where people can foundational human rights — to have a voice (freedom of expression) and be able to connect (freedom of association and assembly),” said a letter from Facebook privacy and Satterfield in an annex to the Amnesty report.

“Facebook’s business model is not, as your summary suggests, driven by the collection of data about people.”

Facebook spotlighted its measures implemented which limit data information used for targeting; controls provided to users regarding their data; and steps taken to restrict abuses by on the network.

“As correctly note, we do not sell data; we sell ads,” Facebook said.

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg has called for governments to implement rules regarding data-handling instead of leaving private companies to make crucial social decisions such as the limits of .

Google did not offer a specific written .

But the Amnesty report noted that Google announced this month it would limit data that it shares with advertisers through its ad auction platform, following the launch of an inquiry by the Irish authority and had launched a feature allowing users to delete location data.

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