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Is Big Data Spreading Inequality?

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: Is Big Data Spreading Inequality?

Social media companies depend on selling information about their users’ clicks and purchases to data brokers who match ads to the most receptive individuals.

But the Federal Trade Commission and the White House have called for legislation that would inform consumers about the data collected and sold to companies, warning of analytics that have “the potential to eclipse longstanding civil rights protections.”

Does the collection of data by companies threaten consumers’ civil rights? [more]