The big news of the day is that the EU courts have struck down the EU-US safe harbor law that allows companies to transfer personal data of European individuals to the US. One interesting aspect of all of this is that the ruling is the culmination of a process initiated by a term paper written by privacy advocate Max Schrems when he was law school.
Privacy is one of a set of ethical issues that surround the use of data by businesses and governments. For some other recent writings on ethical issues related to data, check out these links:
- Suresh Venkatasubramanian on algorithmic fairness, the nature of learning algorithms and how to make sambar.
- G. Sampath brings attention to the fact that data is a commodity and worries about the social cost of big data analytics.