There is something about humanity which requires us to find something to hate. There always is an “us vs. them” argument floating around. No. That’s wrong. There are many such arguments. Rich vs. poor. This religion vs. that religion. Natives vs. immigrants. Red states vs. Blue states.
Politicians often find issues that stir their voter base into action. Action? Their re-election, of course. In the past few years we’ve seen a growing distrust of high technology companies.
Let me go through the usual list of suspects.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and, in recent months, Chinese high tech company Huawei but it’s easy to add to the list. People have had private information sucked up by these companies for so long that many have become immune and numb to the issue, but a growing number have begun to take action.
That’s what governments do after long periods of inaction. When voters get upset then politicians find an easy scapegoat and look for something nearby to castigate.
In German, schools have begun to ban US-based software due to privacy concerns over cloud services. Ben Lovejoy:
Privacy regulators have also ruled out the use of either Google Docs or Apple’s iWork suite for the same reason
Is it any wonder that Apple backed itself into the privacy corner? Apple wants to be about privacy. All those other companies– search engine giant Google, software giant Microsoft, social media giant Facebook– have a problem with privacy.
So, what’s the real problem? After all, most cloud services are as secure as any other data collecting service, and certainly more so than corporate data and government data.
The problem, says the regulator, is that telemetry data is sent out of Germany to the US, and this can include personal data
In other words, your personal information may get stored in a country different than from where you live?
Are you OK with that?
Of course not, but it shows how high tech companies have ignored local presence for a few decades, and how the trend toward online storage needs to be local, otherwise, local authorities will become distrustful, and politicians will find yet another scapegoat to hate.
High tech has become yet another horse to beat, and that doesn’t bode well for those caught up in gathering private information which then gets used against users.