There is race discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, religious discrimination and class discrimination. Now academia is sounding a clarion call for a new type of bias – data discrimination. And it could hurt you in the pocket book.
Apparently, the indiscriminate collection of “big data” is resulting in discrimination. People are being treated prejudicially on the basis of what their data footprint says about them.
Two researchers are now lobbying for “data due process” for citizens. They are advocating for a legal recourse to be made available that permits people to have a legal right to understand how data analytics are used in determinations made against them – such as denial of health insurance or of a job.