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There is Something Else to Discuss about Facebook’s Proposed New Rules – It’s Inferred Information

Our last post about Facebook’s proposed new rules was focused on the commercialization of Facebook user content.  That’s been the general focus of the discussion of Facebook’s action.  Take this from the Wall Street Journal for example. There is something else to … Continue reading

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What is Our Personal Information Worth? Apparently not Very Much.

A March 2012 article in The Atlantic says our personal information is worth between $.01 and $1200.  According to the article, the difference is attributable to respective values of: 1.         The purchase price of our information as part of a … Continue reading

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Big Data and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is about wirelessly gathering information from such things.  A definition from an article in InfoWorld: It its heart, IoT is a wide-ranging ecosystem of everyday physical objects connected to the Internet, capable of identifying themselves and … Continue reading

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The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions – California is at It Again

Once again California has taken a leadership role in addressing privacy issues by making things worse. One of the top problems we have with fixing privacy law in the world is the compulsion of states, nations and super-national groups to … Continue reading

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The Draft NTIA Mobile App Code of Conduct – Pretty Close to Useless

After more than a year of “stakeholder” discussions, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency released a final draft Short Form Notice Code of Conduct to Promote Transparency in Mobile App Practices. Let’s talk about what’s wrong with it. We have … Continue reading

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Discovered Personal Information Will be a Big Problem for Big Data

Just in case you didn’t read about the study done by Cambridge University with Facebook data, let me summarize the story.  Cambridge University looked at data from 58,466 Facebook members in the U.S.  Specifically, they looked at Likes and demographic profiles.  … 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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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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Current Privacy Regulation Might Not Protect Your Personal Information

A June 1 article in The New York Times highlights some of the issues we are concerned with here at Big Data and the Law.  The article is about what Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft Research, calls the “Six … Continue reading

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