Explanatory notes on Big Data

Big data offers new opportunities for social and scientific research and a modified form of value creation for businesses. However, big data can also pose a threat to privacy, for example if the processed data is not or is insufficiently anonymised. Where data related to specific persons is involved, the right to privacy and the protection of personal data must be upheld.

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Further information

Working Paper on Big Data and Privacy (PDF, 303 kB, 14.08.2014)Privacy principles under pressure in the age of Big Data analytics (International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications)

Resolution on Big Data (PDF, 93 kB, 20.10.2014)(36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Mauritius 2014)

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