Tag Archives: unintended consequences

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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Data Is Not Everything – There Is Not an Objective Metric for Everything

  My apologies for not posting anything last week.  I was at a conference. Much of the conference was about how in-house counsel measures the performance of outside counsel. The mantra of the day: If you can’t measure it you … 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 3D Gun Printing Example – Big Data Should Start Thinking about Export Control Law

It appears that thumbing his nose at the idea of gun control was what Cody Wilson had in mind when he arranged to publish the plans for using a 3D printer to manufacture his plastic gun.  It also appears that … 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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