Finally a high level look at ideas for limiting and controlling the runaway growth of Big Data.
We all can agree that Big Data and specifically data mining and analysis, will be more beneficial than detrimental.
Big Data, they say, will open the door to making smarter decisions in every field from business and biology to public health and energy conservation.
Its the ‘more’ part that’s important. We can’t gloss over the potential downsides to the aggregation and sale of previously unknown or uncollected info.
“There’s no bad data, only bad uses of data,”
I’m not sure I agree with that statement, but it points to the essential concern we should all have: data can easily be misused (intentionally or unintentionally). Now is the time for laying down some rules on how to protect people and their data.
The report, “Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage,” recommends a major shift in the focus of regulation toward restricting the use of data. Curbs on the use of personal data, combined with new technological options, can give individuals control of their own information, according to the report, while permitting important data assets to flow relatively freely.
some privacy professionals say the approach in the recent forum report puts way too much faith in the tools and too little emphasis on strong rules, particularly in moving away from curbs on data collection.
The idea I like best so far is from an MIT academic:
He espouses what he calls “a new deal on data” with three basic tenets: you have the right to possess your data, to control how it is used, and to destroy or distribute it as you see fit.
NYTimes: Big Data Is Opening Doors, but Maybe Too Many http://nyti.ms/Y6F8Hu