Jan 14, 2010

Google: a goldmine for authoritarian governments

The recent hacking attack on Google in China is proof of what privacy activists have been worrying about for years: that Google has created a "honey pot" of information, bound to attract the interests of authoritarian governments.

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

The hack attack on Google in China is a direct threat to the freedom and privacy of us all, with the likely real target Google’s vast data bases of in depth information about our online behaviour.

So says Professor Roger Clarke, a leading consultant on data surveillance, and visiting professor at the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of NSW. Clarke is also chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

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One thought on “Google: a goldmine for authoritarian governments

  1. John Inglis

    The ‘cloud’ looks more tenuous every day

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