Time to curb excesses of surveillance capitalism

A decade ago, privacy scholars Chris Hoofnagle and Jennifer King found that people's interest in protecting their privacy increased in proportion to their understanding of how companies acquire and use their personal data.

As long as people were kept in the dark, companies could count on little resistance. That helps to explain how the plundering of personal data has exploded during the past 20 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'Time to curb excesses of surveillance capitalism'. Print Edition | Subscribe