Database Data Mining: The Silent Invasion of Privacy
University of Maryland University College
As coined in an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Aisha Sultan, “Data is the new world currency.” Data mining is the process of analyzing data from different perspectives and then summarizing it into useful information. In essence is it applying all different types of what if scenarios on large swaths of data to get possible results to aid in better decision making. This sort of decision making isn’t something new, it’s the technology aiding the decision making that is new. This has reduced the amount of time it takes in the decision making process and given the decision makers more confidence in their decisions. Unfortunately with this technology personal privacy is no longer being kept private, since anything can be data mined. The reason for this is the vast data bases of information ranging from private companies to government agencies. Anyone who has access to that information can data mine it. My plan for this paper is to investigate if there is any government, non-governmental or private agency in charge of ensuring personal privacy is being kept by data mining companies. Bring to light who or what is ensuring that the analyzation of data is being used in an ethical manner. And finally highlight any national/international standards for data mining and what are the repercussions for violating those standards.
To start with let’s look at the government, non-governmental, or private agencies that are in charge of ensuring personal privacy is being kept private during the analyzation of data in the data mining process. There are quite a few agencies that have been designated officially or non-officially to protect the privacy of consumer data. One of the biggest is the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s main purpose according to its website is to, “prevent business practices that...