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Privacy Backlash Could Hurt Benefits, Some Say


March 25, 2013

The New York Times reports on the potential benefits and privacy concerns of Big Data. “Much as the microscope allowed scientists to examine the mysteries of life at the cellular level,” Big Data, some say, will open the door to making smarter decisions across industry sectors, while others worry about the advent of the new Big Brother. A World Economic Forum report—spawned from a workshop of government officials, privacy advocates and business executives—offers one path “that leans heavily on technology to protect privacy.” Meanwhile, the healthcare industry is showing interest in Big Data to help with patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, but one expert worries about the re-identification of personal health records. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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