Chapter 6

Big Data and Risk Assessment

Eileen R. Ridley

6.1 Introduction

The benefits of Big Data touch almost every aspect of digitized life: entertainment, academia, health, commercial enterprise, and governmental operations. However, with its breadth of reach comes greater exposure to risk and litigation. Significantly, the issue of privacy in the context of mass digitized information is relatively new. For a period of time, the public was enthralled with the benefits of the personal computer, the Internet, and personal mobile devices that made access to information available at literally a touch of a button. The conveniences provided by these technological advances distracted attention away from the realities of how those conveniences were ...

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