We learned today that the British government is to fine Facebook £500,000 for its part in the abuse of uers’ private information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal which doinated the news for a couple of weeks earlier in the year. At the same time Google is facing much larger fines imposed by the EU, for the offence of manipulating search results to benefits its own interests. These amounts are unlikely to make any difference as they are paltry to the big tech companies. Google, we hear, are so worried by the fine that they are in business as usual mode.
So how can we bring the big tech companies to heel, break up their monopolies and convince the arrogant, inexperienced CEOs that LAWS apply to everybody.
There was a well thought out article in The Guardian a few days ago that takes a constrictive look at the problem