How Much Should We Really Care about Data Privacy

As data scientists how much should we care data privacy? Well more data means better models and less data means less accurate models. So in a sense the value we bring to the table will be directly impacted if government regulation takes many of our data sources off the table. So the answer is likely we should care a lot.

However, “data privacy” has become what Marvin Minsky described as a ‘suitcase word’. That is it can carry such a variety of meanings that it can refer to many different experiences. After all, who doesn’t want more privacy? Give me more. Similarly ‘freedom’ or ‘democracy’ or ‘safety’ are words used so broadly that if asked, the public will respond from their own personal point of view, not necessarily what any survey is seeking to discover.

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