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The Open Data and Privacy Balancing Act

PRIVACY

September 13, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on the balance between open data and privacy and asks, “At some point is there not a risk that opening data is closing privacy? A Southampton University professor said, “A lot of people think there is an inevitability about” this loss of privacy. Deloitte representative Harvey Lewis said it’s important to differentiate between anonymity and privacy. “People don’t know what is being done with their data nor what the benefits are,” he said. “You cannot judge what the trade-off is between data collection and the potential harm unless you understand what the potential benefits could be.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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