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If marine biologist-turned-best-selling author Peter Watts is an expert on anything, it’s mammals. Speaking to 400+ privacy pros and regulators gathered last week at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium to talk privacy and data protection, he used that experience to send a rather jarring—and anything but conventional—message: Mammals don’t respond well to surveillance. We consider it a threat. It makes us paranoid, and aggressive and vengeful. But we’ll never win against the giant corporations and governments that watch us, Watts argued, so all we can develop is a surefire defense. Think “scorched earth.” If we can’t protect the data, Watts posited, maybe we should burn it to the ground. Sound crazy? Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, has the details for The Privacy Advisor.
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