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Friday, 22 November 2019 13:46

Amnesty International slams Google & FB; calls them ‘surveillance giants’

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Slamming the tech giant Google and social media behemoth Facebook, Amnesty International called them ‘surveillance giants’.

The group has unveiled a report on Google and Facebook and said that their business models are “inherently incompatible with the right to privacy.”

Facebook disagreed with the report, while Google did not offer an on-the-record response to Amnesty but provided input and publicly available documents for the report.

The report is titled, ‘How the business model of Google and Facebook threatens human rights’, and criticises the companies’ models of “aggregate” people into groups and to make “predictions about their interests, characteristics and ultimately behaviour - primarily so they can use these insights to generate advertising revenue.”

Amnesty in its report also condemns the companies “duopoly” and their “algorithmic systems, which Amnesty says has “knock-on effects that pose a serious threat to people’s rights, including freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of thought, and the right to equality and non-discrimination.”

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