Education on the advantages and disadvantages of big data is crucial for the UK, a new study has found.
Research from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, found that trust is a key factor for internet usage. The group believes an ethical approach to the use of big data is required in order to ensure transparency, control and consent in circumstances where information could identify specific people.
The group believes all users of big data should be persuaded to understand the dangers that come with the technology, including de-anonymisation.
BCS want international approaches to identity management, law enforcement and transaction management online. These need to be related to issues and be up to speed with the development to guarantee the internet is a reliable place to do business.
Cloud computing has grown massively in recent years, with thousands of companies now relying on it to store their personal information.
By nature, the cloud makes it easy for workers to collaborate on ideas and share data, but this presents many risks for users if they do not have the proper security measures in place.
Louise Bennett, chair of BCS Security, said: “Ethical use of big data will support the growth of the digital economy, but misuse could seriously damage trust in the internet as a whole.
“Looking to the future, we believe that the ethical use of big data and the associated local and global linking of the so called ‘internet of things’ into critical infrastructures will become a major issue for government and society to address.”
The study explained that it is key to increase the value of the internet for workers by introducing effective law enforcement online, including international co-operation, identity mechanisms that are vital for the transaction and dependable and clarity on contractual liabilities.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 6th May 2015
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