Tuesday, September 2, 2008


What is Edvige? A database in which the government plans to store personal information about "individuals who have sought or exercised or are currently exercising a political, union, or economic mandate or who play a significant institutional, economic, social, or religious role." The constitution of this database has given rise to a huge hue and cry, which is not surprising given the breathtakingly broad criteria for inclusion and the ambiguity of the stated purpose(s) for which this information is allegedly needed. Some of the allegations against Edvige strike me as hyperbolic, but there is genuine reason for concern, as today's Le Monde editorial recognizes.

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