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Inside India's booming dark data economy

Thanks to lax privacy laws and high consumer demand, details on everything from how you shop to who you date are all for sale.

Ayushi Sahu was ambushed. One evening in 2018, five months after her wedding, the 21-year-old college student was visiting her parents in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, when her husband showed up unannounced, his father and uncle in tow.

As the men settled in the living room, her husband said he had something he wanted them to hear. He took out his mobile phone and pressed "play." The audio was loud and clear: private conversations between Sahu and her friends and family, which had been recorded without her permission. And it wasn't only audio: "call logs, SMS, and WhatsApp messages, each photo and video, recordings of my video calls - he claimed to have accessed everything," Sahu said. That was when she realized that her husband had, for months, been spying on her.

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