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Time to regulate Big Data?

I had a conversation recently on this subject. As someone born and raised in a communist country, the perspective reality of having no control over what and who owns data about you is very concerning. Terrifying.

For years, data brokers have been collecting and selling billions of pieces of your personal information — from your income to your shopping habits to your medical ailments. Now federal regulators say it’s time you have more control over what’s collected and whether it will be used at all.

After reading this post I was close to cry finally. Then I’ve realized that this bill would need to pass first. And with the right lobbying that might actually never happen (as in “But so far Rockfeller’s bill has gone nowhere).

Original title and link: Time to regulate Big Data? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


White House Report Warns Of 'Big Data' Abuses

Devin Coldewey for NBC News:

To that end, the report offers six major policy recommendations:

  • A Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that codifies what people can expect when opting in or out of data collection programs.
  • Stringent requirements on preventing and reporting data breaches.
  • Privacy protection for more than just U.S. citizens as a global gesture of good faith.
  • Ensure data collected in schools is used only for educational purposes.
  • Prevent big data from being used as a method of discrimination (so-called “digital redlining”).
  • Update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to be consonant with an age of cloud computing, mobile data, and email.

Who would oppose such clear recommendations and what would be their arguments?

Original title and link: White House Report Warns Of ‘Big Data’ Abuses (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


The White House report recommends that the president take new steps to enhance consumer privacy in the age of big data

Zeke J. Miller for Time:

There are also three recommendations that Podesta is encouraging Obama to order the federal government to take up, including extending existing privacy protections to non-U.S. citizens and people not in the country, and ensuring that data collected in schools is only used for educational purposes. Additionally, the report calls on the federal government to build up the capability to be able to spot discriminatory uses of “big data” by companies and the government. “The detailed personal profiles held about many consumers, combined with automated, algorithm-driven decision-making, could lead—intentionally or inadvertently—to discriminatory outcomes, or what some are already calling “digital redlining,” Podesta warned.

Original title and link: The White House report recommends that the president take new steps to enhance consumer privacy in the age of big data (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


Findings of the Big Data and Privacy Working Group Review

John Podesta, the leader of the group assigned by the White House to look at the present and future of Big Data and privacy:

No matter how quickly technology advances, it remains within our power to ensure that we both encourage innovation and protect our values through law, policy, and the practices we encourage in the public and private sector. To that end, we make six actionable policy recommendations in our report to the President

Original title and link: Findings of the Big Data and Privacy Working Group Review (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


The future of Big Data and its impact on privacy

Tom Simonite summarized the 5 (big) concerns detailed in a White House report about the potential and risks of big data:

The 68-page report was published today and repeatedly emphasizes that big data techniques can advance the U.S. economy, government, and public life. But it also spends a lot of time warning of the potential downsides, saying in the introduction that:

“A significant finding of this report is that big data analytics have the potential to eclipse longstanding civil rights protections in how personal information is used in housing, credit, employment, health, education, and the marketplace.”

I can only hope that having all these clear warning signs at the right level, will only lead to at least a similarly clear legislation protecting the privacy of all.

Original title and link: The future of Big Data and its impact on privacy (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


Connected devices, side data selling businesses, and privacy

Parmy Olson (Forbes) looks into an alternative route businesses selling connected devices (e.g. Nest, Fitbit, Jawbone) are looking into:

For privacy reasons both self-insured employers and those with group insurance have to bring on a population-management firm such as StayWell or Welltok to manage the data as a neutral third party. Amy McDonough, who oversees Fitbit’s employer program, wouldn’t comment on how Fitbit data would affect pricing negotiations between employers and health care providers, though health insurer Cigna said fitness trackers “may” have an impact on future group insurance pricing . The data are still being tested.

The conclusion is what worries me:

In other words, most people don’t really care about how many steps they’ve taken each day, but they do care about their insurance and energy bills.

How long before we get a series of completely opaque industry metrics like credit scores that will determine your health and life insurance, your aptitude for taking a job, or attending a school? It all starts with a little carrot at the end of a stick. If not accompanied by strict regulations, it will just become another discriminating cash cow for large corporations.

Original title and link: Connected devices, side data selling businesses, and privacy (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


We will find the author of the Bitcoin whitepaper even if he doesn’t want us to

Nermin Hajdarbegovic (CoinDesk):

A group of forensic linguistics experts from Aston University believe the real creator of bitcoin is former law professor Nick Szabo.

Dr. Grieve explained:

The number of linguistic similarities between Szabo’s writing and the bitcoin whitepaper is uncanny, none of the other possible authors were anywhere near as good of a match.

Privacy is all gone.

Original title and link: We will find the author of the Bitcoin whitepaper even if he doesn’t want us to (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

Big Data and a Renewed Debate Over Privacy

NY Times reports about a paper, “Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage”, suggesting stricter control over usage of data:

The forum report suggests a future in which all collected data would be tagged with software code that included an individual’s preferences for how his or her data is used. All uses of data would have to be registered, and there would be penalties for violators.

I already like it. A lot.

You can download the paper directly from here.

Original title and link: Big Data and a Renewed Debate Over Privacy (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


Someone Is Monetizing Big Data and It Is Not for Our Benefit

Similarly some of the banks have admitted that they will be mining data related to the transactions we perform to understand our buying behavior. This data can then be sold to retailers or e-marketers to generate specific offers that may suit our lifestyle. It may be creepy to get an e-coupon out of the blue on your birthday (or anniversary) from a retailer that you would have shopped with some time back, but it could also have some nice benefits. On top of that, each one of us leaves behind digital tracks when we search or browse through different sites looking for something on the internet. If such data can be tagged to us, it can demonstrate our common interests.

Call me a privacy freak, but I find this unacceptable. And I have a very hard time understanding what’s in it for us[1].

  1. That’s the mildest form to say that I cannot really imagine any benefits for us.  

Original title and link: Someone Is Monetizing Big Data and It Is Not for Our Benefit (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)


What are the major issues surrounding data ownership?

Jeff Jonas (IBM):

The truth about data is that once it is out there, it’s hard to control.

It feel great to read such a confirmation about about BigData ownership and privacy concerns from high profile people.

Original title and link: What are the major issues surrounding data ownership? (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)


Big Data Marketplaces and Data Privacy

To clarify: our goal was to map the nodes in the training dataset to the real identities in the social network that was used to create the data. […]

We were able to deanonymize about 80% of the nodes, including the vast majority of the high-degree nodes (both in- and out-degree.) We’re not sure what the overall error rate is, but for the high-degree nodes it is essentially zero.

We can go back to my questions: who will decide, regulate, and guarantee the level of privacy for data sets traded on the big data market?


Original title and link: Big Data Marketplaces and Data Privacy (NoSQL databases © myNoSQL)