Big Data’s dark side: Privacy

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Transcript: Big data is not an unmitigated good. Like many things in society, in fact probably all things, it comes with risks as well and it comes with a dark side. And one dark side of course is privacy. That exists today, it’ll exist tomorrow, maybe it gets bigger with big data as well. But there is something else to play for, something else that’s a little more troubling still. And that is if you will, propensity. It is big data algorithms making a prediction of what you are likely to do before you’ve actually done it.

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