Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, a former world champion, said during an appearance in Mexico this week that invasion of privacy was the cost paid by consumers for access to new technologies and the Internet.
"Technology is not good or bad, but it is a great tool because through it we have access to the world from our pocket like never before, but remember that everything has a price and the price (for technology) is our privacy. Pretending we can separate one from the other is just naive," the 56-year-old Kasparov said.
The Russian-born chess grandmaster, a naturalized Croatian citizen, said users should demand that companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook protect their personal information.
There is a "double standard" when it comes to the use of technology in the real and the virtual worlds, Kasparov said.
Kasparov is in Mexico to attend Talent Land, a gathering aimed at inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship among young people, in the western city of Guadalajara, known as the country's Silicon Valley.
The tech conference, which ends on Thursday, has drawn some 30,000 young people.
The chess grandmaster, who has competed against supercomputers boasting artificial intelligence, said the gathering of data via computer networks and the Internet was the new "cold war" because countries could manipulate information for political and economic purposes.
"All this information has been produced and stored, and so it becomes a target for many countries and there will always be those who want to manipulate this information. It is important to recognize this problem as a new war, a cold war that is a necessary element as a political issue and a subject to which attention should be paid," Kasparov said.
Kasparov discussed the "damage" that Donald Trump has done to relations with allies, adding that this was a "temporary" problem because at some point the US president would leave the White House.
The author of books about chess and technology said younger generations now have more opportunities to learn about chess than before because they have a greater number of interactive applications available to them.
"It can be a positive factor because it can make learning chess easier, the good part is identifying the advantages of technology and complementing them with skills," Kasparov said.
With the support of universities, the private sector and the Jalisco state government, Talent Land, which runs until Friday, seeks to promote interest in various technology areas to train specialists who can adapt to current and future jobs via more than 1,700 hours of content spread across seven "lands," or thematic areas.
In addition to Kasparov, Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook's founder and the company's former marketing chief; Rossana Myers, co-founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics; and Rodolfo Neri, the first Mexican astronaut, are among the guests making presentations at Talent Land.