Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Minister warns of growing might of Google, Facebook and Apple

German Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner on Monday warned of the growing power of internet companies like Google and Apple, as CeBit, the world’s biggest high-tech trade fair, prepared to kick off in Hannover.

“We’re living in a totally new dimension of global digitalisation,” Aigner told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, adding that some internet companies now have enormous databases of users’ personal information.

“There is a pile of money to be made with the cross-linking and sales of private data,” Aigner said. “Branch giants like Facebook, Apple, Google or Microsoft could construct entire personality profiles online.”

The conservative consumer protection minister also welcomed a suggestion from Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to provide citizens with a yearly report on their personal data saved online.

“Such a commitment from the providers could be a solution,” she told the paper. “Currently the consumers can only find out with difficulty who knows what about them.”

Aigner also rejected criticism that she is an enemy of the technology sector.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20100301-25579.html

Source of the photo: http://techfreep.com/google-hq-to-be-largest-corporate-solar-facility.htm

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