Tag: privacy

Keeping Your Models on the Straight and Narrow

Oct 24, 2017 |

Organizations of all stripes have adopted predictive models to help drive decision-making. But an increased reliance on machine learning can quickly turn into an expensive liability if bias, privacy, and other concerns aren’t adequately addressed. Read more…

Is Your Smartphone Spying On You?

Aug 1, 2017 |

That little phone in your pocket or purse is generating a massive amount of data – much more than you probably realize. And thanks to services offered by the phone makers and network providers like Apple and Verizon, it’s easier than ever to capitalize on all that data. Read more…

What’s Challenging in Big Data Now: Integration and Privacy

Jul 5, 2017 |

It’s been said many times before, but it’s worth stating again: big data presents large opportunities for improving business and society, but it also involves sizable computing challenges, as well as moral challenges. Read more…

Geo Data Vendor Draws Civil Rights Scrutiny

Oct 13, 2016 |

Social media data feeds being packaged by location-based analytics platform vendors and recently marketed as police surveillance tools are drawing fire from a leading U.S. civil liberties group who insists the technology is being to target lawful protests. Read more…

Human Insight Is Key To Utilizing Data

Jun 6, 2016 |

For some, the big data revolution represents a clear progression toward a new (and inevitable) way of seeing the world. Like the driverless cars that pilot themselves down I-280 during morning rush hour in San Mateo County, big data seems to offer a tantalizing glimpse of a world free from nearly all human error. Read more…

Smart Billboards Powered by Data Analytics

May 25, 2016 |

If you thought it was a coincidence that a digital billboard displayed an advertisement for a handbag you just checked out at a high-end retailer downtown, think again–that digital billboard advertisement was, indeed, meant for you. Read more…

Why Apple Isn’t Biting on ‘Data for Discounts’ Model

Jul 7, 2015 |

Apple is the most valuable company in the history of the world, with millions of loyal customers using its devices and software to communicate and connect to the Internet. Despite being in prime situation to mine its customer’s data for even bigger profits, Apple steadfastly refuses to partake of the “data for discounts” Read more…

Security Concerns Extend to ‘Big Data Life Cycle’

May 20, 2015 |

The “datafication” of modern life is now measured in the quintillions of bytes of data generated by humans each day. The struggle to store, manage and retrieve the waterfall of data has also highlighted a growing list of privacy and security issues. Read more…

‘Data and Goliath’ A Portrait of Big Data Abuses

Mar 2, 2015 |

A new book by security expert Bruce Schneier is raising serious questions about the state of privacy in the big data age, and whether giving corporations and government access to the most intimate details of our lives in exchange for convenience and security is a tradeoff we should be making. Read more…

Will Big Metadata Rat You Out?

Feb 5, 2015 |

Data scientists are usually taught to be cautious with personally identifiable (PII) data and take pains to ensure that it’s properly anonymized and aggregated for authorized uses. But as MIT researchers recently showed, it’s quite possible to “reidentify” Read more…