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The perils of big data

The perils of big data

Posted Aug 30, 2012 12:11 UTC (Thu) by dps (subscriber, #5725)
Parent article: The perils of big data

The EU does have laws about this. Most databases, with a very few exceptions, require disclosure of what data is collected and why. Any sale of data about what you buy to political parties would almost certainly be illegal.

Sending data to countries without similar laws, including America, is illegal.

Any agency short of the government is likely not to have access to some significant information. My employer does know I have an annual hospital appointment, which is both free and absolutely predictable, but not the details about why and what happens is none of their business.


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The perils of big data

Posted Sep 3, 2012 23:18 UTC (Mon) by smitty_one_each (subscriber, #28989) [Link]

This is really a business opportunity in disguise.
Waving my hands at implementation details, if you offer an "online agent" service that proxies all of the data-trail producing aspects of operating in the modern economy, you might find plenty of customers.
But many don't seem too worried, short of identity theft. The alternative would seem to be joining an Amish community. But even there, you still have to interface with the government.


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