Ian Lopez writes:
Big Data is a controversial business, and with Apple’s battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the European Union’s privacy regulations, the debate grows more heated. Amid arguments arise core questions about privacy, law enforcement, and business, yet what remains unclear is what constitutes the ethical handling of data.
Phil Lee, partner in Fieldfisher’s privacy and information law group, says transparency is a “core principal” of ethical data handling, as it’s important to give people “a level of control” over the use of their data.
“Beyond anything else, [data ethics] comes down to the concept of treating people fairly, and what fairly means is not using information in a way that would be very unexpected to them,” Lee says.
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