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Philosopher: Firms Should Report Data They Store

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 13, 2012

In advance of appearances in Melbourne and Sydney, English philosopher A.C. Grayling has said that commercial organisations that mine data on individuals should be required to regularly "send us a report on what they have got on us," Canberra Times reports. The "complete anarchy" that comes to be when technology revolutionises communication is also restored to order by creating boundaries, Grayling says, adding that civil liberties are increasingly under attack. It should be "very thought-provoking" that governments have the ability to hack into people's personal digital information. The challenge he says, is to allow worthwhile technologies to flourish while protecting people's privacy.
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