Scroll .in: Government plans to monitor individual social media users to gauge opinion about official policies

Scroll .in: Government plans to monitor individual social media users to gauge opinion about official policies. That’s not creepy at all. This is India, BTW. “With less than a year left for the general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government hopes to deploy a ‘social media analytical tool’ that will create digital profiles of citizens, ostensibly to gauge their opinions about official policies, according to a bid document issued last month by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government hopes to use this information to target individuals with personalised campaigns to promote ‘positive’ opinions and to neutralise ‘negative sentiments’ about government schemes. The tool, according to the specifications of the bid document, should have the capacity to monitor a range of digital platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and blogs. The tool should also be able to ‘listen to’ email, the document says, though it is not clear how this can be achieved without violating users’ privacy.” What is this, the anti-GDPR?

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