The privacy risks of Big Data

Kind of a follow up to the It’s not a question of if, but only of when post from a few weeks ago. A fascinating but also scary read how it is possible to identify individuals from theoretically anonymised data:

Riding with the Stars: Passenger Privacy in the NYC Taxicab Dataset

Similar to this there is a lot of information in an itemised bill. Or a record of all websites visited…

5 thoughts on “The privacy risks of Big Data”

  1. As all I do is basically analyse large data sets, it terrifies me. And don’t even get me started on the Internet Of Things That Can Be Misused. My ‘fridge does not need to be web-enabled.

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