Privacy and Big Data: Making Ends Meet

Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
Publication Date: 
September 3, 2013

Privacy and Big Data by Jules Polonetsky & Omer Tene

How should privacy risks be weighed against big data rewards? The recent controversy over leaked documents revealing the massive scope of data collection, analysis, and use by the NSA and possibly other national security organizations has hurled to the forefront of public attention the delicate balance between privacy risks and big data opportunities. The NSA revelations crystalized privacy advocates’ concerns of “sleepwalking into a surveillance society” even as decisionmakers remain loath to curb government powers for fear of terrorist or cybersecurity attacks.

Also available from Stanford Law Review Online.