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Big Data Is Opening Doors, but Maybe Too Many

IN the 1960s, mainframe computers posed a significant technological challenge to common notions of privacy. That’s when the federal government started putting tax returns into those giant machines, and consumer credit bureaus began building databases containing the personal financial information of millions of Americans. Many people feared that the new computerized databanks would be put in the service of an intrusive corporate or government Big Brother.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/technology/big-data-and-a-renewed-debate-over-privacy.html?_r=0