Spotlight: Is our data really ours?

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Is our data really ours? "The exploitation of big data for commercial purposes may have negative consequences on individuals' lives, yet consumers are not yet fully aware of the impact it may have on their privacy and their economic interests," writes Marie-Andree Weiss of the Citizen Media Law Project. Weiss said that even more worrisome is the fact that consumers "have no way to claim any portion of the profits generated by their data when sold to advertising companies for top dollar." She explains these views and more in her blog post, "A Special Deal Just For You: The Value of Big Data Continues to Elude Consumers."