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A Big Data Angle of the Carrier IQ Scandal

These days when talking about Big Data, the discussion is almost always about architectures like Twitter, Facebook, DataSift, or at most the large Hadron collider grid.

But think for a second about the Carrier IQ scandal. This private company is offering phone carriers a solution to track details from and about every device out in the wild. To put this in some context, here is what IBM Chief Scientist Jeff Jonas wrote 2 years ago about mobile location data:

Mobile devices in America are generating something like 600 billion geo-spatially tagged transactions per day.  Every call, text message, email and data transfer handled by your mobile device creates a transaction with your space-time coordinate (to roughly 60 meters accuracy if there are three cell towers in range), whether you have GPS or not. 

Even if not all this data is reaching Carrier IQ servers, it still sounds like a lot. And this makes me wonder how many other such unknown/hidden big data stories are out there and when will we start hearing more about their architectures.

Original title and link: A Big Data Angle of the Carrier IQ Scandal (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)