Sputnik News: Privacy Hype is for EU: US, China Tech Giants’ Dominance Indisputable

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France has reportedly increased efforts to challenge the digital dominance of the United States and China. In particular, French authorities have announced a large-scale switch to a jointly-developed by German and France online search engine dubbed Qwant which respected user privacy.

All major search engines offer the ability to browse and search anonymously but few people use those features. Sites like Qwant serve the market segment that desires privacy by default in exchange for a slightly less convenient browsing experience.

Lars Hilse: There are multiple angles, which have to be taken into consideration… Yes, Google, and other search engines, hold a significant amount of information on users.

Those users complaining about that fact forget that all searches they submit are free. So are pretty much all other products Google provides. Providing these services requires a significant amount of infrastructure. And of course a significant work force.

All of this has to be paid for, which happens in this case, through the placement of individualised advertisements Google serves to the user through a search. Would Google not take the data to place these highly individualised advertisements, users would not click on them, and ergo they couldn’t attract so many advertisers, which in turn would jeopardise the business model entirely.

Whether or not Qwant is an adequate replacement leaves to be seen. In any case, any search engine costs money. On the other hand, users have become accustomed to get all online-services free of charge.

As for the safety angle: unlike many other companies, Google hasn’t had a significant breach to report on in their history. Lest we forget that all this content, which is available free thanks to Google (Google Scholar, Google Books, etc.) gives ample opportunity to every user to tap into pretty much every book on the planet, free of charge.

Fow Chee Kang (LGMS): In cybersecurity point of view, its just another system that get own of your data other than Google, the system may be good in protecting digital sovereignty, however, if the system has not been tested via proper security testing by certified firm, it may ends up exposing all its users information like what we have seen in the past few years when giant technology companies system get compromised.

Full article from Sputnik News

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