Author Archives: Timothy Keller

How is Facebook Different than the Deutsche Börse AlphaFlash?

You will recall that earlier in the year the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is OK for public companies to use social media to disclose what is (up to the time of disclosure) non-public information.  You will also … Continue reading

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Search Engine Autocomplete Defamation is a Thing

As it is a holiday week here, I want to keep it light.  Stumbling across this makes that so very easy.  You can’t make this stuff up. Google was sued for defamation, based on autocomplete search term suggestions.  Apparently the words … Continue reading

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The Small Bright Side to the Facebook Thing

I promised to discuss a different perspective on the damage caused by Facebook’s shadow profiles and data breach.  This is it.  I’ll keep it short because it’s Friday. The good news about the Facebook data breach is the way it … Continue reading

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It’s a Facebook Thing Now

I’d like to talk about something other than data gathering issues, but we keep hearing about new problems.  Here we go with the latest. The Apparent Facts Facebook creates “shadow profiles” about its users.  The shadow profiles contain information that … Continue reading

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Seriously, it’s Not Just the NSA

Last week we discussed how the NSA has to get its data from somewhere, and it turns out the NSA gets it from us – via Google and friends.  The essential point made was that private enterprise also deserves scrutiny … Continue reading

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The Future of Violating Your Privacy

Let’s discuss the personal information of the future – medical information.  Not just any information – information about your DNA.  (Please remember we don’t say personally identifiable information here at Big Data and the Law.) Miinome, a Minneapolis start-up is, … Continue reading

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Big Data and the Law Now on Twitter

You’ll find me at Timothy Keller @bigdatalaw

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That NSA Thing – Think about the Data for a Minute, Think about It Differently

I started doing some photography as a hobby this year.  One thing I learned in the process is that not seeing the forest for the trees isn’t always a problem.  Sometimes the trees deserve some attention. In this case, while … Continue reading

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That NSA Thing

No doubt there has been enough written about this, and one more thing will be superfluous.  A blog named Big Data and the Law can’t avoid the subject though.  But before we get into the “and the Law” part of our … Continue reading

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Big Data Malpractice

Garbage in, garbage out.  Remember that?  Some related observations from the article we discussed in our last post: The word “data” connotes fixed numbers inside hard grids of information, and as a result, it is easily mistaken for fact. But … Continue reading

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