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Economic Survey 2018-19 suggests breaking silos between databases and selling citizens’ data to analytics agencies

The government can sell 'select' citizens' data to private companies and data analytics firms for "commercial use" and "generating insights" for "profits". It also pointed out that "in thinking about data as a public good, care must also be taken to not impose the elite’s preference of privacy on the poor, who care for a better quality of living the most" according to the Economic Survey 2018-19, which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday. The survey, which has an entire section on data, titled "Data of the people, by the people, for the people" , pitches for creating a Central Welfare Database of citizens — by merging different databases maintained by separate Ministries and departments. Here's what the document said about selling citizens' data to private companies. “The private sector may be granted access to select databases for commercial use. Consistent with…

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