Developments in technology has enabled to organisations to capture, store, share and analyse vast amounts of data. This includes data produced by ourselves by what we buy, what sites we visit, where we work and even our DNA can be classed as data. Data is also produced by things that move; such as parcels, transport systems (planes, trains and automobiles) etc; things that change, like the weather, sales patterns, population growth etc and sensors like cameras, satellites, radar etc.
All this data has led to the growth of so called Big Data which can be analysed to identify new patterns in buying trends, the emergence of new diseases, possible cures, the best diets, the movement of populations etc.
On the face of it, big data seems a good thing but it raises important questions. Like, who owns your DNA (the building blocks of genes that determine how you look, your health and many other things) and if not you, then who? Should your DNA and medical records be shared with others if it possibly helps find a new cure? Should your every movement be recorded? Should what you eat be monitored? Should your every email be examined?
Answering some of these questions and discovering what protections and rights you have in the world of big data is the aim of this topic.