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Facebook controversy stokes digital privacy debate at Sharjah Forum

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The creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, has said that connecting people through internet technologies is “no longer enough in itself”.

Speaking at the Sharjah International Government Communication Forum in the United Arab Emirates, he called for regulation that gives users rights over their own data and who uses it.

He said it was a fundamental value of the web that data is “your own”.

Former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said companies like Facebook need to be more transparent with how they collect and store data. Spicer, who resigned from the White House in July 2017, suggested ways need to be found to allow users to “scale back” their own data from the big tech platforms.

The world’s youngest Artificial Intelligence expert, 14-year-old Tanmay Bakshi, said the unknowing collecting of people’s data is “horrible”.

Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, and part of the Government of Sharjah, said that education was key in protecting privacy.