Category Archives: Big Data

Mergers, Acquisitions and Combining Data

An article in PC World tells us of renewed interest in privacy issues that sometimes arise in mergers and acquisitions. The particular subject of that interest is pooling personal information after the merger or acquisition – combining the personal information … Continue reading

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Big Data, Elections and the Law – Does Big Data Matter in Elections?

At least people with money seem to think so – people inside the both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, and people working independently of the parties. The 2012 Election The success of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign has been attributed, at … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Wants In On Big Data Regulation

The FTC has a tendency to see a role anywhere it wants to see a role. As described on its website, the FTC has a very broad mandate. Among other things, the FTC has the authority to investigate and prosecute … Continue reading

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Crossing Borders with Big Data in the Cloud – and the Law

An article in Gigaom lists some of the geographical issues you might want to consideration when choosing a Cloud service provider.  The focus of the article is on technical issues – latency and redundancy – and how locating data centers in … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Data Collection and Personal Responsibility – More about the Google Glass Debate

As we discussed in our last post, people are collecting lots and lots of the personal information that ends up being publicly disclosed.  A couple of interesting articles have been published since then that shed further light on the problem. … Continue reading

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Data Collection, Personal Responsibility and the Law

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, John Whitehead asks this question: What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces? Similarly, a recent article … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Wants Transparency in Data Practices – But FTC Commissioners Are Not Transparent about Their Activities

It appears that we’ve got a problem with FTC Commissioners having undisclosed meetings with business representatives and business groups.  At a time when the FTC is seeking to expand its authority over data and privacy matters this is particularly troubling. … Continue reading

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Paper is the New Black

It’s Friday, it’s April and it’s snowing – this is no time for serious stuff.  We’ll do the Big Data thing next week.  Today let’s talk more about paper instead. As we said earlier this week, paper has many advantages not … Continue reading

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For the Ultimate in Bitcoin Security – Use Paper

You can’t make up this stuff. From an Ars Technica article: Carlson continues to store bitcoins both on hosted platforms like Coinbase and Blockchain.info. He also keeps bitcoins on his own hardware and uses paper wallets stored in a bank … Continue reading

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Data Governance and the Law – Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp Might Bring Some Needed Clarity

By now it should be clear to everyone that when you have a privacy policy you are expected to abide by the terms of that policy.  So, for example, if your privacy policy says you will not disclose any personal … Continue reading

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