Big Data, Big Brother?

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Big Data, Big Brother?

Striking the right balance with privacy

Executive Summary

“The availability and use of Big Data is crucial for maintaining the EU's competitiveness. Currently there is a lack of clarity about who owns these industrial data, and about how they may or may not be used. This reduces incentives to develop data-analytics services.” Such was the assessment of Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, regarding the current state of Big Data use in the EU.

Indeed, while Big Data may lead to new opportunities, it also raises concerns as current legislation may fail to give precise directions for its development, and it
is therefore important to understand what the current trends and good practices are surrounding Big Data today.

Welcome to the Big Data era

Over the past few years, technological innovations and device affordability have led to an explosion of “real-time digital data". According to a paper published by the UN Global Pulse, the stock of digital data is expected to increase 44 times between 2007 and 2020, doubling every 20 months. In this context, Big Data acts as a response to market actors’ need for lower uncertainty and to create valuable information from the constantly produced new data.

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