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Dealing with Personal Data in the Age of Big Data Economies

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The technological development of the digital computer and new options to collect, store and transfer mass data have changed the world in the last 40 years. Moreover, due to the ongoing progress of computer power, the establishment of the Internet as critical infrastructure and the options of ubiquitous sensor systems will have a dramatic impact on economies and societies in the future. We give a brief overview about the technological basics especially with regard to the exponential growth of big data and current turn towards sensor-based data collection. From this stance, we reconsider the various dimensions of personal data and and market mechanisms that have an impact of data usage and protection.

Die technologische Entwicklung des Computers und neue Optionen zum Sammeln, Speichern und Übertragen von Daten in großen Mengen haben in den letzten 40 Jahren die Welt verändert. Darüber hinaus werden die Etablierung des Internets als kritische Infrastruktur und die Möglichkeiten der ubiquitären Sensorsysteme aufgrund des laufenden Fortschritts der Rechenleistung einen dramatischen Einfluss auf die Volkswirtschaften und Gesellschaften in der Zukunft haben. Wir geben einen kurzen Überblick über die technologischen Grundlagen, insbesondere im Hinblick auf das exponentielle Wachstum von Big Data und die aktuelle Umstellung auf sensorgestützte Datenerfassung. Vor diesem Hintergrund überdenken wir die verschiedenen Dimensionen von personenbezogenen Daten und Marktmechanismen, die Auswirkungen auf Datenverwendung und -schutz haben.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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