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White House Big Data Report Earns Praise, Skepticism

Tech experts say the administration is wise to call for statutory protections for data in the cloud. But some advocacy groups say overregulation will have a chilling effect on innovation.

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WKash
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5/6/2014 | 1:50:20 PM
Intensifying scrutiny
The concerns over civil liberties are real -- and hard to fully fathom. Some credit is due here in this report to the President,for advancing some sound recommendations in this report.

That said: The City of Chicago has already demonstrated how predictive analytics is being used to analyze a person's individual propensity to criminal activity (in response to an epidemic of gang-related murders.)  There's good news in that: It improves public safety.  But there's also a darker side to this: Who knows where this level of scrutiny will end?

Read more at: Andree G. Ferguson, "Big Data and Predictive Reasonable Suspicion," 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review, April 2014, http://ssrn.com/abstract=2394683
Laurianne
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5/5/2014 | 5:33:30 PM
Polarizing topic
Point of view in my Twitter feed in reaction to this news skewed toward worry about potential for discrimination -- not regulation. One person called it a "civil rights minefield."
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