Google, Facebook to sell citizens’ data

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Google, Facebook and their ilk may soon have to sell citizens’ non-personal data to any government or private entity seeking it, Economic Times reports. 
 
The electronics and IT ministry is working on guidelines that will make it mandatory for companies to share public information collated in the course of their operations, including traffic, purchase and illness trends. The rules, an official said, are aimed at helping firms monetise data and promoting healthy competition. 
 
The ‘Seven Super’ companies – Microsoft (LinkedIn’s parent), Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba – account for two-thirds of the total data market by value, according to UNCTAD.

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