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My inquiry question was, “Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you?” The article that I read and annotated in response to this question outlined some of the dangers of big data. Due to big data, information about every aspect of our personal lives is documented online. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on how much information is collected on humans, “While some states, including California and Vermont, have recently moved to put more restrictions on data brokers, they remain largely unregulated.”

However, in the article, Many Benefits of Big Data Analytics for Your Company, the author explored the benefits of big data for businesses. Some of these include real time forecasting and monitoring of of occasions that may affect a companies performance and customization of products to clients. In addition to these benefits, big data is reliable. All of the information that is collected is all one hundred percent true and allows for computers to come up with very reliable estimates. This article helped me answer my original question on big data. Reading statistics about the sheer amount of data that companies have on regular humans was scary. There absolutely should be a restriction on big data for our protection.

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December 5, 2020 7:56 am

Dear Gus,
I am interested in your post, “Should there be a restriction on how much data technology companies are allowed to collect on you?” because privacy especially online, is slowly becoming nonexistent. Recent years show that more and more of your information is being collected.

Something you wrote that stood out is: “Furthermore, there are no restrictions on how much information is collected on humans…” I think this is concerning because it’s getting worse with phones containing facial recognition technology. That being said, I also believe there should be heavier restrictions on what kind of information companies could collect. Something that companies take advantage of is the “Terms and conditions” aspect of apps, websites, and the internet in general because companies know that almost all citizens hardly ever read the Terms and Conditions, which could branch into other fields of concern.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is a serious topic people don’t seem to mind anymore, so seeing that you know these concerns exist is relieving. I hope you continue bringing more unvisited topics in the future.

-M. M.

October 29, 2020 11:23 pm

Gus, I really enjoyed this post and I was especially intrigued by the fact that you included multiple perspectives and opinions on this matter. The debate about corporations collection of data is very dividing and I agree with many points you brought up including that the data collected is accurate and can be beneficial to businesses and our economy. The problem, in my opinion, lies within the intentions of corporations when they collect data on consumers. Do they seek to help people by tailoring what they see on the internet to their personal preferences or do they seek to make as much money as possible while exploiting consumers for all they are worth? Either way, big data will probably main hotly contested for the foreseeable future especially with the recent discussion about internet neutrality so I look forward to hearing more from you! Nice work!

October 29, 2020 9:58 pm

Dear Gus,
I am intrigued by your post because I think that the question you are answering is a growing concern for many people. As we begin to use an increasing amount of technology in our daily lives, it is important to reflect on the restrictions that should be put in place for technology companies. One thing you said that stands out to me is: “Due to big data, information about every aspect of our personal lives is documented online.” I think it is interesting because it seems that many people do not realize how much personal information is being collected. I like how your post acknowledges the worries that people have about big data while also recognizing the benefits of big data for businesses. Thanks for your post, and I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made very interesting points.

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