In a report for Forbes, Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger write about the dangers of democratized Big Data. Whereas presently only a few organizations use Big Data tools and techniques, in looking at the democratization of myriad Internet-based technology such as apps, cloud storage and encryption, “Big Data seems next,” the report states. Facebook’s Graph Search is an example of the progression, allowing users to look at a vast amount of data to see what other users “like.” As technology advances and more users have access to Big Data analysis, “privacy through obscurity” will become increasingly important because having “to resort to a complete withdrawal from public life simply is too steep a price to pay for whatever benefits Big Data brings,” the authors write.
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