Privacy is dead; Long Live Privacy: Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Privacy

By Dr Angela Adrian

Abstract: The internet is an intrinsic part of our daily life. No longer do we go online to work, play or purchase; we are now in a world where everyone and everything simply is online. Cloud computing is the standard operating process, communications system and underlying infrastructure of the internet. These technological developments have produced incursions into the private space of people, with serious impacts on privacy for the individual, communities, and society. This is of paradigm- shifting significance to the law as it changes the way in which information is managed, especially where personal data processing is concerned. This poses the question: Does privacy still matter? This paper will address the privacy concerns intrinsic to both big data and cloud computing.

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