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As its name suggests, “big data” is huge. The meme refers to the collection and analysis of vast data sets collected everywhere in the digital domain from web searches to social network communications, to Internet advertising, to even the numerous digital sensors integrated into our daily lives. Paired with increasingly sophisticated computing intelligence, the predictive power of big data has caused data to become an indispensible asset for businesses and the government. Generally, businesses use big data to target potential customers while the government uses data to monitor and enforce governmental and national security policies. Omnipresent data-mining algorithms as well as surveillance law used to generate predictions for businesses and the government, however, have raised privacy concerns and spurred a debate on the role of transparency in the Information Age.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 4, 2014. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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