It Does Meta
Joanne Lim & Kathi Schulz
"It Does Meta" is a 85-min long performance that discusses different approaches of countries to digitalization, specifically surveillance and privacy protection. As we advance towards a highly technological networked age, the privacy notice found in all websites and online services, conveys all pertinent information, including the risks and benefits to the participant, so that they can make an informed choice about whether to participate or not. However, the notice and consent requirements of these privacy policies are often long, complex, and difficult to understand. Large tech companies like Meta Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp) and Alphabet Inc. (Google) are generating a market for themselves, that lacks competition; resulting in a monopoly of their services, and creating an illusion of choice for the consumer.
Even though Singapore and Germany employ contradictory approaches regarding privacy data protection, tech companies like Meta implement the same data protection policies in both countries. Meta continues to violate personal data protection in countries with stricter data protection laws, like Germany. The social media network fails to change its practices to comply with European privacy laws. Lim’s and Schulz's work emphasizes the absurdity of countries with opposite approaches towards technology, different government forms, and law systems sharing the same data protection policies once interacting with their platform, creating a globally implemented panopticon.