Of course there are illegal markets for personal financial info such as SSN’s and credit reports. Identity theft is huge business for some. Most people probably take a few steps to try and protect themselves.
Why then is there little outrage when businesses practically invite identity thieves to grab large troves of data? Why is there no interest in having the Federal Government adopt some standards and laws for the collection and sale of personal data?
Why is it ok for those on the seamy side of Big Data to be allowed to aggregate data about us, profit from selling it legally to marketing firms and not be held accountable when their servers get hacked?
Its time to hold Big Data accountable for the data it collects.