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Big data is watching your firm and your clients

By Manju Manglani, Editor, Managing Partner

16 May 2014

The recent landmark ruling by the EU's Court of Justice over individuals' right to be forgotten by Google has brought debates about the right to privacy to the fore.

Ever since George Orwell's UK-based dystopian novel 1984 was published in 1949,
the phrase 'Big Brother is watching you' has been associated with any perceived attempt by the state to invade personal privacy. Of course, that has not stopped governments from trying to push through privacy-invading legislation to 'protect' their citizens, which has often been met with the attitude of having 'nothing to hide' by the masses. Today, this indifference has resulted in many individuals' apparent willingness to surrender their privacy to any unvetted entity for the sake of convenience and productivity.

Technology has evolved that does, as Orwell predicted, allow the state to monitor and record individuals' thoughts and activities. This is ach...

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