Facebook founding president attacks Amazon privacy practices

13 Feb 2019

At the Milken Institute MENA Summit, Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook, argued there is ‘no limit’ to how Amazon is storing and listening to private conversations, and that these recordings ‘could potentially be used against you in a court of law or for other purposes’.  According to the CNBC, Parker also stated that ‘if you're having a conversation in front of an Alexa-enabled device, Amazon is not guaranteeing you any privacy’.


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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


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