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Data privacy: ‘We’re pretty much in the worst-case scenario,’ says whistleblower

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Data privacy: 'We're pretty much in the worst-case scenario,' says whistleblower

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Germany’s top court has ruled police have too much access to citizens’ data. This kind of “abuse of technology” is commercially available, raising major ethical questions, says data privacy activist Brittany Kaiser.

Two years ago, it was revealed that one company had used access to 87 million people’s personal data to influence votes around the world. Ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections, the woman who revealed how Facebook misused our data issued a stark warning on the digital state of affairs: “We’re pretty much in the worst-case scenario. In my opinion, I don’t really think that the abuse of technology could get much worse than it is now.”[…]

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