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Big Data Upsets of 2015

January 1, 2016

Although there have been numerous highlights of Big Data in the past year, to every upside there is always a downside. Big Data exploded a few years back and has been working out its kinks ever since. Even though Big Data is a much more understandable concept and widely used, there still lie some unearthed issues that have been brought into the spotlight this past year.

Probably the biggest issue with Big Data this past year has been the privacy issues. Big Data is based around organizations collecting information about people, which inherently leads to privacy concerns. Who is obtaining my information, why and how are they using it?

In 2015 there were a few big data breaches that initiated some widespread panic. One of the biggest being the United States Government’s loss of personal details about 4 million government employees. This sparked the concern for legislation to determine data protection and privacy regulations.

Another breach of personal data was the dating site Ashley Madison. In Summer of 2015 this dating site was hacked, releasing extremely intimate information about its users to the public. Not only were people publicly exposed, but the website was known as a place to enable infidelity, leading to a lot of angry cheaters.

These data breaches have sparked a major movement towards defining set regulations on how data is obtained, stored and used. Throughout the next couple of years we can expect to see many more Big Data agreements and a much more strict set of rules surrounding data usage as a whole.

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