Privacy in the Digital Era: Who Controls Private Data?

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The boundaries between physical and digital spheres are collapsing. The digital sharing of personal information is now embedded into the economic and relational activities of daily life. Following the COVID pandemic, the popularity of work-from-home and other hybrid work relationships continued to erode traditional boundaries.

These rapid changes in data sharing have created conditions conducive to two types of surveillance. First, contractual surveillance partnerships between public and private actors. Second, subtle forms of surveillance that seek to control the flow of information to the public.

These partnerships may manifest as law enforcement’s contracts with facial recognition companies, or governmental pressure on an

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