Web inventor Berners-Lee: Governments and companies are 'trying to take control of the Internet'
Terming the recent revelations about the US government "spying" on Internet users as "deeply concerning," Sir Tim Berners-Lee â€“ the inventor of the World Wide Web â€“ has warned that the founding principles of the web are being undermined by the attempts which are being made by governments and companies â€śto take control of the Internet.â€ť
Sir Timâ€™s warning comes at a time when some recent reports have revealed that the US government has been collecting huge amounts of personal data of Internet users from companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and a few other Internet firms.
According to Sir Tim, there is need for greater legal protections for privacy online because â€śunwarranted government surveillanceâ€ť amounts to an intrusion on basic human rights; thereby threatening the very foundations of a democratic society.
In his warning about the authoritiesâ€™ uncalled-for spying on the Internet users, Sir Tim said one of the biggest threats which the Internet is currently facing is from â€śpeople who want to control it on the sly,â€ť with the help of â€śworrying lawsâ€ť like SOPA and the US anti-piracy act, as well as via the actions of bigwig Internet firms.