- In December 2020, Google announced the construction of a cloud computing center in Saudi Arabia.
- Critics fear that the Saudi authorities will have easier access to user data.
- Human rights groups are calling on Google to stop working on the project.
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A Silicon Valley tech giant could enable one of the world’s worst human rights abusers to better spy on its citizens, human rights activists said Wednesday.
When Google announced last year that it did concluded an agreement In order to establish a large new cloud computing center in Saudi Arabia, the company said the move would enable companies there to “safely expand and scale their offerings in this market”.
The company opened the first such centers, known as Google Cloud Regions, in 2020.