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A student from The Netherlands has auctioned off all his personal information—what he calls his “data soul”—for 288 GBP, India Today reports. Included among the data were his medical and financial records, geolocation and travel history, e-mails, social chats, consumer preferences, browser history and “his thoughts.” According to the student, “People don’t seem to understand that privacy and autonomy are very much related and that privacy is a necessity for developing one’s individual character and ethics,” adding, “We’re silently consenting to a surveillance state by making all this data available for free.”
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