Both Sides Agree: You Don't Have Privacy Rights, or How Europe's Fight with Google Over Privacy Ignores Real Privacy
By: Alfredo Lopez
Last week the governments of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom fired a warning shot at Google and it appears they're reloading the gun with real ammunition.
These government/corporation tiffs are frequent and their rhetorical fire normally turns into quickly dissipated smoke. This one could be different. It comes at a time when the world's powerful are trying to decide how much privacy we people will have and what the term privacy actually means, and this squabble's outcome will affect that and, of course, our freedom. That alone makes it worth watching.
But there's something deeper here that transcends this conflict. Privacy is, in fact, a core component of democracy and any infringement on complete privacy is an obscene attack on the possibility of having a free and democratic society. As important as the outcome of this show-down might be, the most important and frightening development is that it's taking place at all.
That, however, is a corporate shell game. Google made this move not to make our reading easier but to make gathering information about us more efficient. Google is a marketing company and nothing makes a marketing company more powerful and valuable to advertisers than having pertinent information on hundreds of millions of people all over the world...
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