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"Big Data" Worries Abound


May 2, 2011

In a feature for The New York Times, Natasha Singer reviews recent events in what she writes "was not a good week for those who guard their privacy." From recent research indicating that smartphones have been gathering users' location data to a breach affecting a gaming network and the Supreme Court's review of a data-mining case that has attorneys pitting free speech against privacy in determining whether doctors can let pharmacies sell prescription records, Singer suggests that along with "Big Oil" and "Big Pharma," consumers need to worry about "Big Data." The report suggests that the current Supreme Court case may help answer the question, "to what extent do others have a right to share and sell that information?" (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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