Facebook, AggregateIQ now being jointly probed by Canada, B.C. data watchdogs

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Privacy  watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are combining existing investigations into Facebook  and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech company that has been linked to Cambridge Analytica,  the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse storm. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 6th, 2018 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/06/facebook-aggregateiq-now-being-jointly-probed-by-canada-b-c-data-watchdogs/ Discussion 1) Much of the media attention in this issue is… Read more »

The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss

Posted by & filed under Big Data, bots, Business Intelligence, data mining, Electronic Surveillance, Ethical Issues.

HiQ is a “people analytics” firm that creates software tools for corporate human resources departments. Its Skill Mapper graphically represents the credentials and abilities of a workforce; its Keeper service identifies when employees are at risk of leaving for another job. Both draw the overwhelming majority of their data from a single trove: the material that is… Read more »

Android Apps Sending Hidden Data

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Description: How many of your Android Apps are sending your hidden data? Source: Engadget Date: November 22, 2015   You may already know that Android apps send a lot of data, but you might be surprised at how much of it isn’t really necessary. While the data collected is likely to be harmless, there is always… Read more »

$20K Hackathon Winner Uses Open Data to Design Career Path App

Posted by & filed under app, Careers, data analytics, data mining, Data storage, education, Entrepreneurship, hackers, programming.

Description: Industry Minister Tony Clement and CODE winner Danil Shevelev, who helped develop an app to help students decide what degree to apply for. Source: CTV News Date: March 27, 2015 After 48 hours spent mining government data, designing an app, and writing computer code, this year’s Canadian Open Data Experience winners came up with a way… Read more »

Take a Virtual Swim With The Dolphins on Protected Brazilian Islands

Posted by & filed under data mining, Google, peer file sharing, Search, virtualization.

Description: Google’s new ‘Street View’ additions include under water photos from a group of Brazilian islands. Source: Mashable Date: March 17, 2015 Days after it added stunning imagery of Mount Everest, Google Street View has been updated with beautiful photos from the other side of the world — the Brazilian islands of Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas. The… Read more »

Smart TV Eavesdropping on You? It’s Not the Only One

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, data mining, Data storage, ethics, Privacy, Security, social tv, television, voice recognition.

Description: For the purposes of “improving their product”, Samsung announces that users of Smart TVs need to be conscious of what they say in front of the device, as voice recordings are being shared with subsidiaries and agents. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 9, 2015 In an era of increasing concern about data breaches and government eavesdropping comes… Read more »

Will Google and Uber Invade Each Other’s Turf?

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Description: Google’s partnerships seem to be all over the map lately…we will have to wait and see what the future holds for Google launches. Source: ECommerce Times Date: February 6, 2015 Google is working on its own ride-hailing service to compete with Uber, according to a Bloomberg report. Meanwhile, Uber has announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon… Read more »

NYC Turns Footsteps Into Data

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Description: NYC is gathering all their resources including paying residents to install cameras in their windows in order to track pedestrian traffic. Source: CNN Money Date: October 10, 2014     New York City is using existing surveillance cameras to count pedestrians. The data could help the city with a variety of urban problems, from trash collection… Read more »

What Happens When A Company Bans Email And Starts Mining Data About Its Employees?

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Description: Klick Health waged a war on email and discovered it was sitting on a goldmine of data about its employees. Here’s how it’s making the most of that information. Source: Fast Company Date: March 13, 2014 Klick’s evolution into a data-driven company was born out of our desire to be more efficient–and a deep hatred for email. It… Read more »

Porn, Big Data, and What We Search For When No One’s Looking

Posted by & filed under data analytics, data mining, national culture, pornography, Sentiment Analysis, user habits.

Description: Porngram is a new data tool that mines the depths of human sexuality–in charts. Source: Fast Company Date: January 31, 2014 Ah, porn. The reason incognito mode was invented. A new paper offers an instructive look into the fascinating perusing habits of warm-blooded Internet users, and compiles all that revealing data into useful charts. (Hat tip to The… Read more »