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The sinister side of technology

Sector Focus, Global Edition – April 2018
by Nitin Dahad
India Inc. technology expert delves into why it is time for policy-makers to address issues around data security.

Over the last few weeks, the sinister side of technology has come to the fore. Cambridge Analytica is alleged to have collected the data of up to 87 million Facebook users worldwide, the majority of which were in the US.

While this data is said to have been used to target and influence voters in the US presidential election and in the Brexit referendum in the UK, it is also thought, according to reports, that Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm had offered services to Indian political parties for the 2014 elections to carry out caste research, behavioural polling, and target audience analysis, amongst several projects.