Bruce Wright, Big Data and Privacy

Information Law Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 2, Autumn 2015

From the article

Privacy is being challenged by the burgeoning use of Big Data. The term “Big Data” has multiple definitions. This paper discusses the challenges to privacy posed by Big Data viewed as an Information Technology process that collects and parses huge sets of data through the conduct of analytical experiments for the purpose of extracting useful information. In particular, risks around Big Data are analyzed through the lens of FTC reports, and FTC and HHS enforcement actions, viewed as being reflective of the challenges posed by the current business environment. The conclusion reached is that privacy in the Big Data environment can be enhanced by the use of currently available technology, combined with new legislation.

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