Pressure expected on tech companies to better protect privacy in 2020

Author: Slava Kolomeichuk, Forbes , Published on: 27 December 2019

" Why 2020 Will Be The Year Of Digital Human Rights " 26 Dec 2019

Privacy led the headlines wherever you looked in 2019. Some of the biggest stories in the world were about digital privacy or touched on issues of privacy. A few examples include Facebook dealing with multiple privacy breaches (the most recent involving 100 developers who possibly received improper access to Facebook Groups data), the work to preserve voter privacy and prevent election interference in the United States, and the adoption and expansion of advanced technologies like facial recognition that collect our most intimate, personal information...

Here are four significant shifts we will see in the privacy sector in 2020. In all but one area, citizens — not big companies or politicians — will play a critical role.

1. Big Tech Companies Will Need To Be More Transparent

... Big companies like Facebook and Google, and e-commerce giants like Amazon, will need to be more transparent about privacy practices or face the ire of governments, lawsuits...

2. Tech Giants Will Compete For The Privacy Mantle

Expect to see more one-upmanship among the tech giants as they try to win consumers by promising the best privacy features...

3. Privacy And Politics Will Continue To Mingle

...In the United States, expect more debate about the proposed federal Online Privacy Act, which would create a new Digital Privacy Agency to enforce privacy rights...

4. Privacy Will Be Seen As A Human Right

... At the center of the debate is this question: How can someone truly be free if every detail and keystroke is tracked by a business or company and kept long after someone has passed away?...

 

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Related companies: Apple Facebook Google (part of Alphabet)