SOAS University of London

Surveillance, Databasing and Threats to Privacy

Dr Edgar Whitley (LSE), Helen Wallace (GeneWatch), Dr Usha Ramanathan (Independent Law Researcher, Delhi)

Date: 20 May 2014Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 20 May 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar

India’s UID project aims to give 1.2 billion people a unique online verifiable identification number, a system that leverages emerging technologies to help various government and commercial agencies identify and database persons, thus creating an unprecedented database of biometric and personal information.

Collecting information and databasing has become more and more prevalent in society with technological advancements. Today every piece of information from DNA records, criminal records, biometrics, to medical records, travel records, library borrowings, and bank details are databased. Through a system such as the UID, the databases become standardised and speak to each other.

Why are these databases being created? Why is there such enthusiasm for such databases? Why now? Who benefits? How do these databases impact upon our surveillance and privacy?

Panel Discussants:

  • Dr Edgar Whitley, Associate Professor of Information Systems, LSE
  • Helen Wallace, Director, GeneWatch
  • Dr Usha Ramanathan, Independent Law Researcher, Delhi

Organiser: LEDC

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