Stop the Saudi data centre

Google is planning to build a massive data centre in Saudi Arabia -- potentially handing our private information on a silver platter to one of the world's worst human rights abusers.

But we still have a chance to stop it. Add your name and share widely.

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Google is planning to build a massive data centre in Saudi Arabia — potentially handing over our private information to one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

As an activist that has publicly gone up against the Saudi regime for years -- this is extremely alarming. Saudi oligarchs will stop at nothing to eliminate “problematic” activists, journalists, and anyone that dares to stand up to them.

SumOfUs has filed a shareholder resolution about this issue with Alphabet, Google’s parent company, so now investors will have a say. The AGM is next week -- if we each sign this petition and forward it... on, we can shine a spotlight on this disastrous deal before investors meet.

Tell Google: scrap the data centre in Saudi Arabia

We know Saudi Arabia could try to infiltrate the data centre — they’ve already done it before with Twitter. Two Saudi spies worked for Twitter and leaked sensitive data about activists, and now some of those activists have been disappeared and likely being tortured in a Saudi prison.

What’s to stop Saudi Arabia from doing the exact same thing with this new Google data centre?

When groups asked Google how it will vet employees to ensure there is no Saudi infiltration, and what types of data will be processed through the centre, Google was mum.

Our shareholder resolution would force the company to report on the implications of placing data centers in countries with human rights abuses and what mitigation efforts it took to address the concerns.

Given Saudi Arabia's rampant rights abuses, Google should scrap this horrendous deal entirely, and protect the identity and data of millions of people who could be threatened by it. But this is going to take a massive public outcry to gain traction, and Alphabet's AGM is on June 1. If we sign the petition now and share this widely, we can show Google the whole world is watching:

Tell Google: don't give our data to Saudi Arabia

Every day our community goes up against big corporations and governments, and even though Google and Saudi Arabia are two terribly powerful entities, we won't shy away from the fight. Let's show up again, urgently, before this data centre is a done deal.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Rewan and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Saudi Arabia: Google Should Halt “Cloud Region” Human Rights Watch, May 26, 2021
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter Buzzfeed News, Feb 19 2020
Saudi Case Against Twitter User May Have Its Roots in US, US News, Aug 5, 2021

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