Some people really don’t like “big box” retailers. The openings of new stores, particularly in cities, are frequently accompanied by protests. Recall that Occupy Wall Street targeted retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. Critics knock these companies for a variety of reason, including low wages, meager benefits, and their effect on local “mom and pop” stores.
By Michael Hendrix
It’s been an open question for some time whether personal data could be effectively de-identified. That is, could we handle and analyze mass datasets without exposing individual’s personal information?
Some have contended that the answer is “no.” But a recent paper by Ann Cavoukian and Daniel Castro argues otherwise.
“It is possible to strongly de-identify the data (and thus achieve a high degree of privacy), while at the same time preserve the required level of data quality necessary for data analysis. Maximizing both privacy and data quality enables a shift from a zero-sum paradigm to a positive-sum paradigm, a key principle of Privacy by Design. This doubly-enabling ‘win-win’ strategy avoids unnecessary trade-offs and illustrates that it is often possible to de-identify personal information in a manner that maintains both privacy and data quality.”
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