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Data Aggregation Concerns Lawmakers, Advocates

BIG DATA—U.S.

August 1, 2012

TIME reports on concerns about big data following eight lawmakers’ recent announcement that they will investigate data aggregators’ collection of personal data. The director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University’s School of Law said, “They’ll pick out seemingly innocuous information. Most people wouldn’t think twice about each individual data point, but you can connect the dots.” Lawmakers and privacy experts are particularly concerned about whether individuals’ online reputations could be used against them. Credit reports, for example, are sometimes erroneous, and without access to consumer profiles, individuals don’t know how third parties are viewing them.
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