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Google's 'Smart City of Surveillance' Faces New Resistance in Toronto
Kofman, Ava
A plan to develop 12 acres of the valuable waterfront just southeast of downtown Toronto by the government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. ...
NHS Patient Data to be Made Available for Sale to Drug and Insurance Firms
Ramesh, Randeep
Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients once a single English database of medical data has been created. Privacy experts warn there will be no way...
Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track "Subversive Propaganda" Online
MacEgan, Matthew
The creation of the Truthy database by Indiana University researchers has drawn sharp criticism from free-speech advocates and others concerned over government censorship of political expression.

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The government owns your DNA. What are they doing with it?
Scutti, Susan
Some US states have created biobanks of genetic material left over from patient screening tests, with specimens potentially used for purposes that have not granted informed consent, bringing up distur...
The Stasi could only dream of such data
Britain, the birthplace of liberalism, has become the database state
Ash, Timothy Garton
As technology increases the flow of stored data about individual actions, assurances of the "right to informational self-determination" must be hard won from governments. Government surveillance of ci...