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Big data or Big Brother

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By Steven L. Shields

I read an interview recently with the CEO of a biomedical company. He was extolling recent privacy rulings that would allow his firm and other firms to access all of our personal information. He argued that better medical care could be developed and provided with the data.

This idea of Big Data that's sweeping through industries has spawned its own businesses. Many computer-related firms are "mining" all of our data. There's even one guy who has gone through social media and copied all of our photos to build the world's largest database of people's faces and body images. He stands to make billions by selling our pictures to law enforcement agencies (and perhaps some not-so-legal entities) to create massive facial recognition databases that will be used for nefarious purposes, despite the "good" that is claimed. With their loosening of privacy controls, the Korean National Assembly and other parliaments around the world are selling us down the river.

In many respects, we are already victimized by "Big........

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