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Opinion: "Big Data" Brings About Greater Good

DATA PROTECTION

March 23, 2012

The world of "Big Data" is upon us, and we can't escape it, reports The Calgary Herald. "The minute we turn on our phones, make payments online, post a comment on Facebook or rate a restaurant on Yelp, we feed this Big Data," the report states, pointing out how large data sets work to power movie selection, political campaigns and health research. But with health research, most information "is locked away." The article predicts, "if the greater good were at stake, government and consumers alike will learn how to use...data properly--aggregating information without identifying personal information."
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