Archivo del Agosto, 2013

Data Protection: Dangers and Opportunities

The scandal about spying by NSA shouldn’t distract neither EU citizens nor EU institutions from the BIG DATA possibilities to improve human beings lives.

As Mr. Eddie Short, head of the business intelligence practice at KPMG, answers in an article written by Jane Bird on Financial Times June 26 2013, special “The Connected Business” p. 3, big data started with the first satellites and space exploration; in a few days physicists collected more data than previous generations together accumulated throughout history. The enormous amount of data had to be processed to find probabilities rather than certainties.

Moving from Physics to the social media cloud, the sheer volume of information that this phenomenon has created is processed at high speed, using the computers capabilities to identify valuable data through mathematical algorithms. From the fight against bullying to know much better how an illness attack our bodies, there’s an astonishing wide range of  social problems that it can help to cope with successfully.

Before the great transformation that Big Data can deliver “changing the way we live and the world that we live in”, is necessary to understand and address the “moral, cultural and consumer concerns” that this transformation provokes, as Mr. Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, wrote in the same newspaper, date and page.

The understandable and positive aim to protect privacy has to be assessed with the positive outcomes that are at our arms length and so, achieve a balanced regulation that doesn’t stifles innovation. This is the subject that I have dealt with on my presentation last 5th July on the Catalan Parliament building invited by the Catalan Data Protection Authority

http://www.apd.cat/media/2753.pdf

Enric R.Bartlett Castellà
Associate Professor of Public Law
ESADE Law School (Univ. Ramon Llull)

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