Big data and privacy was one of the topics discussed at the Canadian IT Law Association conference this week. Some of the issues worth pondering include:
- Privacy principles say one should collect only what you need, and keep only as long as needed. Big data says collect and retain as much as possible in case it is useful.
- Accuracy is a basic privacy principle – but with big data accuracy is being replaced by probability.
- A fundamental privacy notion is informed consent for the use of one’s personal information. How do you have informed consent and control for big data