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Govt should protect citizens from surveillance instead of collecting data – Dr Gus Hosein & Dr Edgar Whitley Reddit AMA

In this Reddit India AMA held last week, Dr Gus Hosein and Dr Edgar Whitley talk about the perils of Aadhaar, citizen privacy and surveillance, a law for privacy and the right to privacy. Dr Gus Hosein works with Privacy International, a London-based charity and is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Dr Edgar Whitley is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems at the London School of Economics. Here are snippets from the AMA: On generating awareness on the online privacy breaches: Hosein: .. For some people it is all about the specific scenario that raises their awareness -- a data breach, or the lack of power resulting from a decision against them based on their data. For others it is the matter of principle -- that any entity could have control over their lives…

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