The challenges and opportunities of Big Data and the internet of things focus the celebration of the European Data Protection Day
Madrid, January 28, 2015.
The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), in collaboration with the European Commission has celebrated the European Day of Data Protection, with the journey "Data protection and mass treatment of information", which has been analyzed potential impact on the privacy of citizens technologies like Big Data and the internet of things.
The Agency has chosen to organize a day of debate and discussion with experts and researchers, including Asuncion Santamaria, director of CeDInt.
Developments such as Big Data and the Internet of Things are a source of innovation that can generate social benefits and provide significant growth prospects but at the same time, pose many challenges to privacy and security that can´t be ignored.
Within the concept of Internet of things is currently encompass multiple developments like wearable technology, home automation, smart cities or communication between machines. This term usually refers to an infrastructure in which more or less everyday objects integrate various types of sensors and are designed to collect, process, store and transmit data and to interact with other devices using the network capabilities. The goal of Big Data is to treat large quantities of data with complex analysis algorithms to extract hidden information or unexpected correlations, no deductibles or inferable with conventional analysis methods.
The evolution of this phenomenon and the use that is made of this technology is a matter of concern to the Agency, as the profiles that can be drawn about the people can have a huge impact not only on your privacy but also regarding free development of his personality.
"These issues must be addressed from a continuous dialogue between engineers, developers and privacy experts, and between companies and supervisory authorities, bearing in mind that the right to decide on one's personal information is a fundamental right and, as such, is waived. In this area, not everything technologically possible is acceptable , "stressed the director of the AEPD.