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  1. Google's 'Smart City of Surveillance' Faces New Resistance in Toronto
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    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. has sparked concerns about privacy and lack of public consultation. A recent slew of resignations from its board has made these concerns increasingly urgent and public.
  2. The government owns your DNA. What are they doing with it?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    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 disturbing ethical and privacy concerns.
  3. NHS Patient Data to be Made Available for Sale to Drug and Insurance Firms
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    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 for public to work out who has their medical records or how they are using it.
  4. Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track "Subversive Propaganda" Online
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    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.
  5. The Stasi could only dream of such data
    Britain, the birthplace of liberalism, has become the database state

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    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 citizens has become an accepted 'counter-terrorism' measure.

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