Tag Archives: Big Data

Pushing the Limits with Analytics

With more and more companies engaging in the field of analytics, companies continue to come up with new and innovative ways to harvest their fields of Big Data. For instance, on Tuesday, the New York Times reported on how a range of start-ups and established tech companies are focusing their analytics efforts on a technology … Continue Reading

Commissioner Brill Suggests ‘Reclaim Your Name’ Initiative for Consumer Control Over Big Data: FTC Signals Intent To Continue Debate Over Safeguards for Predictive Analytics

While the national conversation on data collection in the United States has been dominated recently by issues of national security, the FTC remains determined to push consumer privacy. In her keynote address at the recent Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference, Commissioner Julie Brill reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to address so-called data brokers in a systematic … Continue Reading

Consumer Privacy Groups Submit Comments in Advance of FTC’s ‘Internet of Things’ Workshop

Refrigerators automatically doing grocery shopping for you on your drive home from work and cell phone attachments measuring glucose levels don’t necessarily seem like bad things. But with the explosion of cutting-edge smart devices and applications comes the mounting data privacy concerns of the so-called “Internet of Things.” The “Internet of Things” refers to the … Continue Reading

Japan promotes the use of Big Data

This post was also written by Taisuke Kimoto. On May 10, the Japanese Government released a report regarding the use of personal information in Big Data applications. This comes just months after Japan announced plans to provide guidance on data anonymisation as part of the ‘Japan Revitalisation Acceleration Programme’ (see our related blog). The report was … Continue Reading

Court Grants Final Approval to Class Action Settlement Over AOL’s 2006 Anonymization Failure; Big Data Precursor Settles for Millions

After nearly seven years of litigation, two class actions, and millions of dollars in legal and settlement fees, AOL hopes that it can finally put its infamous anonymization failure incident behind it. On May 24, 2013, a Virginia federal judge gave final approval to a class action settlement between AOL and a class of more … Continue Reading

‘Coreper’ Committee shows support for opening up public sector data to boost economy

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The Permanent Representatives Committee (otherwise known as ‘Coreper,’ consisting of representatives from the Member States and responsible for preparing the work of the Council of the EU) has expressed support for the European Commission’s plans through legislative changes to open up public sector data for re-use across Europe. … Continue Reading

Facebook profiles can be used to predict undisclosed sensitive information

New research from the University of Cambridge shows that information disclosed on Facebook profiles can be used to accurately predict a range of undisclosed sensitive personal data, including sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, age, and gender. The research, which involved a study of the Facebook “Likes” of about 58,000 volunteers, found that highly sensitive … Continue Reading

Reed Smith Addressing Big Data Risks in E-Discovery and ESI

On Thursday, February 7, 2013 (1 p.m. EST), Reed Smith attorney Mark Melodia will serve as a guest speaker for a webcast on “Big Data Converging with Legal, Information Governance and Regulatory Requirements.” The webcast will be hosted by Exterro, Inc., an e-discovery software solutions provider. Leading companies in nearly all industries are gathering unprecedented … Continue Reading

Big Data Goes to Princeton for Inaugural Meeting of IAPP’s New Jersey KnowledgeNet

The International Association of Privacy Professionals hosted its first KnowledgeNet in New Jersey December 6, 2012, at the Princeton offices of Reed Smith. Reed Smith attorneys Mark Melodia and Paul Bond presented a seminar on “Understanding and Defending Big Data” to the gathering of dozens of privacy attorneys and privacy compliance professionals from around the … Continue Reading

Reed Smith Gearing Up For ‘Big Data Monetization’ Conference

Next week, Reed Smith will host a conference on “Big Data Monetization” at the Quadrus Conference Center in Silicon Valley (8:30-11:30 a.m. PDT). As we gear up, we wanted to share some of our thoughts on this notion of Big Data and give you a preview of the types of issues we’ll be tackling at … Continue Reading

Even Data Privacy Obligations are Bigger in Texas

This post was also written by John L. Hines, Jr., Amy S. Mushahwar and Frederick Lah. Earlier this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law Texas House Bill (H.B. 300), which presents more stringent requirements for health privacy, data breach notification obligations, and increased fines for violations. The law will become effective September 1, 2012. The … Continue Reading