Do away with consent to strengthen data privacy4 min read 28 Mar 2018, 02:45 AM IST
As much as autonomy is necessary, consent is irrevocably broken, and in today's world of take-it-or-leave-it contracts, its continued use is meaningless
Much of the outrage around the recent Cambridge Analytica incident has centred around the fact that academic Aleksandr Kogan could, with a simple Facebook survey app, leverage 270,000 survey respondents to gain access to the data of 50 million users directly from the Facebook platform. While most of those respondents were dimly aware that they must have consented to sharing personal information, many of them were surprised (outraged even) that, in addition to information about them, the app was able to harvest information about their friends as well.
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