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Opinion: The Necessary Big Data Debate

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 23, 2011

In a column for ITNews, former Australian Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton, CIPP, raises several issues surrounding the emergence of "Big Data." Noting that "immense datasets" offer potential economic gains while driving innovation, Crompton asks, "Can we gain from the enormous economic benefits of Big Data while maintaining privacy?" To flesh out the debate, he cites an OECD roundtable, "The Economics of Personal Data and Privacy;" a recent blog post, "Will a Crackdown on Privacy Kill Big Data Innovation," and a speech touching upon the need for an ethical framework built into search algorithms.
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