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Opinion: Big Data Collection Must Slow Down

BIG DATA

August 24, 2012

As more organizations construct “digital dossiers” of consumers, Colorado Law School Prof. Paul Ohm writes in Harvard Business Review that “databases will grow to connect every individual to at least one closely guarded secret,” thereby causing “more than embarrassment or shame; it would lead to serious, concrete, devastating harm.” Ohm said many opportunities come with Big Data, but ubiquitous data collection “will become an inevitable fixture of our future landscape, one that will be littered with lives ruined by the exploitation of data assembled for profit.” Consequently, businesses “should slow things down, to give our institutions, individuals and processes the time they need to find new and better solutions,” writes Ohm.
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