WEF founder warns Davos may have been bugged

Delegates at forum on data protection reminded that the digital revolution carries as many threats as rewards.

WEF founder warns Davos may have been bugged

World Bulletin / News Desk

The founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF) waded into the global data spying issue on Thursday, calling for "real debate" about the dangers of the end of privacy and the impact on society.

"The annual Davos event might even have been bugged" Klaus Schwab warned.

Cyber-attacks on personal privacy and the corporate world are at the top of the worry list at the WEF in the Swiss town of Davos, where delegates at a forum on data protection were reminded that the digital revolution carries as many threats as rewards.

Growing concerns about personal privacy being compromised by government intelligence bodies, such as the United States National Security Agency (NSA), were tackled by a panel of experts at a WEF session entitled ‘The Big Brother Problem’.

Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty said the right to privacy is "one of the defining issues of our times" and went on to attack "open-ended phishing expeditions" by governments.

Bradford Smith, general counsel at Microsoft, said that the internet giant regularly challenges requests for information through the courts, but admitted it did not always win.

"We will do what we are ordered to do by governments if we lose our case," he said.

But while governments were condemned for wading through swathes of personal data in search of tidbits of information, the panel was short on answers to the problem apart from reforming national laws to blunt the attacks.

World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab has waded into the global data spying issue, calling for "real debate" about the dangers of the end of privacy and the impact on society. The annual Davos event might even have been bugged, he said.

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