Opinion: Is Anonymization Possible? If Not, Then What?
BIG DATAMarch 26, 2013
Anonymization is intended to allow businesses to collect and use huge amounts of information while minimizing risks to consumers if, for example, a developer’s database gets hacked. But some studies say true anonymization is not possible. David Meyer opines in GigaOM that this level of data collection is not going to stop, “so we need to develop workable guidelines for protecting people. Those developing data-centric products also have to start thinking responsibly—and so do the privacy brigade. Neither camp will entirely get its way: There will be greater regulation of data privacy, one way or another, but the masses will also not be rising up against the data barons anytime soon.”