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Data mine: Big data and the erosion of privacy

Big data analytics will help law firms to innovate in client services but will also lead to greater erosion of the right to privacy, warns Eric Hunter 

19 November 2014

The Snowden Effect and Big Brother are two elements that go hand in hand. What is the Snowden Effect? Most are familiar with Edward Snowden and his revelations regarding the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) and the 'five eyes' but, for those not familiar, let's quickly review what brought Snowden to the forefront of public consciousness.

  • Snowden shot to international attention after disclosing classified documents he acquired while working as an NSA contractor.

  • His leaked documents revealed numerous global surveillance programmes, many of them run by the NSA and in cooperation with what is known as the 'five eyes', 'nine eyes', 'fourteen eyes' - the list goes on. Essentially, the more governments cooperating, the greater number of eyes in the group in coordination with relevant telecommunication companies, web and social media companies across the globe.

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