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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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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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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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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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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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The 3D Gun Printing Example – Maybe There are Some People You Don’t Want on Your Side

This is not a hit job on Cody Wilson, tempting though it might be to write one. Here’s the thing – if I shared his world view, however you might define it, I wouldn’t want him on my side.  For … Continue reading

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Things We Can Learn about Big Data and the Law from the 3D Gun Printing Story

This is the first of a three-part series.   Today we consider what the 3D gun printing story can teach us about the Law of Unintended Consequences. The law of unintended consequences is my favorite law.  Why?  Because it reminds us … Continue reading

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Big Data and Financial Markets – Just Because We Can Do It Doesn’t Mean We Should Do It

So it appears it’s possible to predict movement in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Serious technical stuff about this is here: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130425/srep01684/full/srep01684.html Less scholarly stuff, pretty much all over the place. As you know, here at Big Data and the … Continue reading

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