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We must stop sleepwalking towards a surveillance state

By John Thornhill

30 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this opinion article, from the founder of Sifted, which provides an interesting argument for our heading towards a surveillance state.

The writer is founder of Sifted, an FT-backed media company covering European start-ups

To what extent do you own your own face? Or fingerprints? Or DNA? How far would you trust others to use such sensitive biometric data? To ask these questions is to highlight the uncertainty and complexity surrounding their use. The short, if messy, answer is: it all depends on context.

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