Google, Facebook business models threat to rights: Amnesty report

File: Facebook said it agreed to the $550-million payout after failing to win dismissal of the case alleging it illegally collected biometric information for "face tagging" in violation of a 2008 Illinois privacy law.

File: Facebook said it agreed to the $550-million payout after failing to win dismissal of the case alleging it illegally collected biometric information for "face tagging" in violation of a 2008 Illinois privacy law.

AFP

SAN FRANCISCO - The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday.

The organisation argued that offering people free online services and then using information about them to target money-making ads imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression.

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"Despite the real value of the services they provide, Google and Facebook's platforms come at a systemic cost," Amnesty said in its report, "Surveillance Giants."

"The companies' surveillance-based business model forces people to make a Faustian bargain, whereby they are only able to enjoy their human rights online by submitting to a system predicated on human rights abuse."

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