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Big data demands big responsibility

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When big data meets intrusive government snooping it is a civil libertarian’s nightmare. The stream of leaks this year about excessive US government surveillance has revealed the risks to civil society of having so much personal information concentrated in the hands of the small number of data companies that dominate the digital age.
Most big US internet companies joined forces this month to call on governments to show restraint. But such joint efforts have had little effect in the past: a similar united front five years ago against internet censorship and state intrusions on privacy, known as the Global Network Initiative, has produced few results. It is time for the internet groups to face up to their own responsibilities.

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