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The Chinese national emblem and flags are displayed above the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China | Representational image | Photo: Giulia Marchi | Bloomberg
New Delhi: In episode 567 of ‘Cut The Clutter‘, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta decoded the recent investigation by The Indian Express, where it exposed how a private Chinese data mining company had been tracking ‘big data’ of over 10,000 Indian individuals.
“Big data is everything that happens in somebody’s life, which involves data from even small and irrelevant events,” explained Gupta.
The data was being tracked by a company called Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited in Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province.
Gupta also referred to another investigative report in The Washington Post by Jerry Shih. The report revealed that this Shenzhen-based company had shut down suddenly once the world got alerted to it.
“It didn’t happen because of any big hacking or intelligence or counter intelligence operation, that happened because the website itself left the whole database of individuals it was tracking unsecured,” said Gupta.
This company has been tracking at least 2.4 million (24 lakh) people around the world — 10,000 Indians, 50,000 Americans, 40,000 British and 35,000 Australians.
He asserted that the ‘target’ of …
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