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Dear Facebook, It’s Not You, It’s Us

August 15, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Last week, we reached our 7-year anniversary mark. Have we really been together that long?! Because, honestly, it feels like forever. I’m sorry we didn’t celebrate, but I really didn’t feel like it. Ever since you asked me for my home address a few months ago, my feelings have begun to change. You crossed a line, dude.[read more]

Do You Have Any Rights in the Age of Big Data Analytics?

July 23, 2014 by Lachlan James

Your rights and big data.

With Big Data-related excitement on the verge of finally reaching a crescendo, many market analysts are forecasting gargantuan outlays. But, as more organizations begin to explore the potential of Big Data Analytics in greater depth, many practical, moral and legal challenges will further emerge, requiring our attention.[read more]

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The White House Recently Completed a Study on Big Data Privacy: Do You Care?

July 16, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series.

With today’s big data technologies, it’s becoming easier to re-identify individuals from this anonymized data. Programming techniques have been and continue to be developed to pull these anonymized pieces back together from one or more data sets.[read more]

Hackers at the World Cup: Beware the Risky Free WiFi in Brazil’s Soccer Stadiums

June 18, 2014 by Jared Howe

Hackers at the World Cup.

If you are lucky enough to be at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, chances are you will have access to the public WiFi networks set up just for the event. At least half of the 12 World Cup stadiums will have public WiFi available, with over 2,300 access points. Unfortunately, the World Cup (and its public WiFi) is attracting more than just soccer fans.[read more]

Think You Can Escape Big Data? Think Again

June 17, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Ecape big data? 

As it turns out, you're producing more data than you realize, and no, not just because you haven't updated your Facebook privacy settings in however long. Data collection is taking place everywhere you look, and few industries have been untouched by the trend. Whether you're mailing a letter or simply driving your new car, your behavioral data is being collected, and possibly tracked.[read more]

When Privacy is Good Business

June 13, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Need privacy?

Big data can be scary. After all, its suggested implications seek to replace human foresight with predictive analyses given that humans simply cannot compute such massive amounts of information. Essentially, big data is a superhuman that lives in a cloud and comes across to those that use it most often in an easily understandable, visual platform that highlights the exact next step needed for the promised ROI.[read more]

From Data Ownership to Data Usage: How Consumers Will Monetize Their Personal Data

May 29, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

How consumers will monetize their personal data.

In a world where more data is created than ever before, data ownership is gaining in importance. Not only organisations understand the value of data. Also consumers are becoming more aware of the value of their data and they are less willing to give companies their sensitive data for free.[read more]

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Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

April 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can deliver mouthwatering value to companies and society, but the NSA revelations about spying on people as well as allegations that large corporations are snooping on customers has tainted the reputation of big data analytics. A growing number of people are now calling for a new Magna Carta for big data, but would that spell the end of the big data movement or a new beginning?[read more]

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Facebook's Big Data: Equal Parts Exciting and Terrifying?

February 18, 2014 by Bernard Marr

Big Data Guru column.

This post looks at the gigantic big data repositories Facebook is creating and discusses the exciting as well as terrifying opportunities to exploit that big data. The question is, does big data analytics put too much power in the hands of a commercial company like Facebook?[read more]

8 Suggestions for Every Data Protection Strategy [VIDEO]

February 12, 2014 by Daniel Casarin

Data Protection strategy.

Jason Buffington of Enterprise Strategy Group recently put together a video targeted to IT Pros who would like to learn about the steps necessary in ensuring organizational recover-ability. In the video, are eight suggestions to consider as part of a data protection strategy.[read more]

Data Privacy Issues Can't Be Overlooked

January 10, 2014 by Roman Vladimirov

Privacy policy.

Businesses in all sectors are finding more uses for their big data on what can seem like an everyday basis. For example, in a recent blog post by Forrester Research, many of the world's biggest brands, ranging from BMW and John Deere to the Starwood network of hotels, are pursuing initiatives allowing them to essentially sell data to their customers or clients to help bolster their users' experiences, in a variety of ways.[read more]

Managing Cyber Security Threats from Inside

December 30, 2013 by April Sage
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Cyber security threats.

The number of annual security incidents caused by insider threats is increasing. In The CERT Guide to Insider Threats, Capelli et al write, “Insider threats are an intriguing and complex problem. Some assert that they are the most significant threat faced by organizations today.”[read more]

The Control of Personal Data by Large Powerful Corporations [VIDEO]

December 9, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Control of personal data.

Nicholas Carr, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his book, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," discusses the dangers that occur when large companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google own the majority of personal data.[read more]

Who Has My Personal Data?

December 1, 2013 by Evan Levy

Where is your personal data?

It’s really too bad that companies with copies of my personal information aren’t required to contact me to update and confirm the accuracy of all of my personal details. That would ensure that all of the specialized big data analytics that are being used to improve my purchase experiences were accurate.[read more]

Living Without a Trace of Big Data

November 26, 2013 by MIKE20 Governance Association

I’ve watched over a number of months as major digital providers across handsets, telecommunications, internet services and virtually every other integrated offering have one by one described how they provide information to various governments. So, I set myself a challenge: could I live for one day leaving a data footprint as light as that of a citizen of the real 1984?[read more]