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Would You Give Up Your Data for Science?

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The world is not as private a place as it might seem.

Even though you might be sitting quietly at work, on your way back home on the train or relaxing in front of the latest Netflix series, your life is being scrutinised. Some of the data will be for your eyes only, and there is a certain amount of choice as to what is in the public domain, but much of the snooping is still done without our knowledge or consent.

The data genie is well and truly out of the bottle, but if he is to be fully empowered, we have to get used to the idea that privacy is an outdated concept.

Many of us are happy to donate our organs after we leave this world to benefit others, but why is there still a reluctance to share the data from our tech wearables? This could save multiple lives.

I suppose that it stems from the fact that we have been taught not to “talk to strangers.” The more others know about us, the more power they have over us, and sharing our data with some faceless corporation is still seen as too much of a risk.

Maybe we are still in …

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