Google, Facebook and Amazon have been embroiled in a bitter spat over data breach, and now the two giants are facing off over whether to provide more data to each other.
The tech giants want to be in control of their own data, but the data breach has also pushed them to take on the role of data collectors for each other, which could put them at odds with each other on privacy.
“We need to be clear that we are in no way, shape or form trying to be a data collector for Google or Facebook,” Google’s VP of data protection and security, David Drummond, told Reuters.
“The point of this conversation is to help everyone better understand where we stand on the privacy of data.”
This is not a competition, this is a conversation about how we think about data and where we can go from here.
“Facebook has already said it will work with Google to help secure its data and help make sure it doesn’t end up in legal trouble.
Google has also said it wants to help protect the privacy and security of users and that it won’t hand over its data unless it is needed to protect against data breaches.”
If we agree to a plan, we want to see it as a long-term, thoughtful and coordinated approach to how we want our data to be used,” Facebook’s head of privacy and cross-border data protection, Jennifer Lynch, said in a statement.”
As Google and Facebook work together to create an open and transparent standard for data that’s open to anyone to use, it will help to make the Internet safer for everyone, and that will lead to more people using our tools, and in turn, better outcomes for our users.
“In a statement, Amazon said that its data collection efforts would continue, but that it will not hand over data unless there is a “legitimate need” for it.”
Amazon will only provide information and data when it has a good-faith belief that the request is related to legitimate business needs,” the company said.”
Our goal is to collect data to help us deliver Amazon Prime members a better experience, but our goal is not to give Google or any other company access to our customers’ data.
“We don’t agree with Google or Amazon’s position that our data collection is related solely to a legitimate business need.”
Amazon said it would continue to work with its US partners on its privacy and data protection issues, but would not give specific details.
Google said it was open to working with US and European regulators to “better protect consumers and their information”.
“Our data is secure, our services are secure, and our users are secure,” Drummond said.
“If we find that we can work together in a way that protects consumers’ privacy and our ability to serve customers well, we’re open to doing so.”
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, also said that the company’s data collection was in keeping with its commitment to privacy.
Google’s Drummond defended Google’s position.
“It’s not just a data privacy issue, it’s a business privacy issue,” Drummon said.