The Privacy Debate
Today when people talk about the plethora of data available it is often from a positive perspective. This viewpoint is focused is on the strategic insight opportunities enabled by truck-loads of data. However, we’ve all heard the quote most famously referenced in the movie Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Social media giant, Facebook, has recently been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging they violated users’ rights by data mining private messages. Two plaintiffs claim the site scans private correspondence between users for links to third-party websites, sharing that information with the likes of "advertisers, marketers and other data aggregators."
Whether Facebook is guilty or not, this raises some important questions. First, where should the line be drawn when it comes to quality data mining and consumer privacy?
Where's the line?
How safe is online data...honestly?
I asked a few valuable people in the industry for their opinion:
I think Facebook’s lawsuit brings up a few important things for researchers to think about. At what point are researchers crossing the line in the digital/social data mining process? (social lines and legal lines)
Tell us what you think!
- Do you think Facebook crossed the line? (if these allegations are true)
- In your opinion, where should the line be drawn when it comes to quality data mining and consumer privacy?
- Do you honestly believe there is such a thing as private conversations in the social/digital world?
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