Category Archives: Big Data

Maybe Edward Snowden Works for Google, or Facebook, or Microsoft, or One of those Guys

Ok, probably not.  But consider who benefits from all the attention the NSA thing is getting.  Answer: all those other organizations that collect information about you.  We discussed this previously here at Big Data and the Law.  The NSA gets … Continue reading

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Senate Continues Data Broker Investigation – Talk of Data Privacy and Security Legislation

Senate Investigation On December 18, 2013, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing titled, “What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?”    Following up, Committee Chair Senator Rockefeller has now … Continue reading

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A Marketing Expert Thinks Business should Take Privacy Seriously – and that You Don’t Understand how Your Privacy is Being Violated

I don’t know enough about marketing to know who is a real marketing expert, but Jonathan Salem Baskin seems to be a big deal in the marketing business.  He writes for Forbes and Advertising Age and consults a lot.  Look … Continue reading

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NSA Loses One, Wins One – Interesting Differences in the Courts’ Reasoning

After the NSA’s loss in the D.C. District court, the NSA has a win in the Southern District of New York.  Here at Big Data and the Law we’ve dialed it back for the holidays, so haven’t yet spent much … Continue reading

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Google, Facebook, AOL, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo to U.S. Government: Stop Collecting Personal Information – That’s Our Job

As you likely know, Google, Facebook, AOL, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo are suddenly concerned about our privacy.  They have all signed on to an open letter to the President and Congress, in which they say: We understand that … Continue reading

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Privacy, Poverty and Perspective

The largest encampment of homeless people in the United States is in the Silicon Valley.  Given the level of homeless in the area, perhaps that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The proximity of that homeless camp to Sand … Continue reading

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Google Wins Book Scanning Suit – Don’t Get Too Excited

A quick and necessarily imprecise summary of the Google case is (i) Google indexes books and gives the public access to the indexes, and (ii) copyrights have expired with respect to some of the indexed books, but not all of … Continue reading

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That Nondisclosure Agreement Just Cost You Your Business

There are a lot of nondisclosures signed every day.  How many are read before they are signed?  Not all of them.  When they are read, how often do the readers think through how the terms of the nondisclosure relate to … Continue reading

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We Need a Code of Ethics for Data Professionals

This isn’t one: Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long-term, we will be better served-as shareholders and in all other ways-by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short-term gains. … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things Strikes Again – FTC Settles with Rent-to-Own Spies

So these rent-to-own businesses were using the computers rented to their customers to spy on the customers.  See the FTC notice of settlement here.  Not just the webcam, as was the case in situations we discussed earlier.  In this case … Continue reading

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