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Teradata, Knowledgent Team on predictive analytics product for healthcare

Two analytics providers, Teradata and Knowledgent, have teamed to produce a product for healthcare providers and payers that combines predictive analytic models and behavior-based analytics. Specifically, the product is designed to reduce hospitalizations and improve preventive care for patients.

French privacy regulators move against Facebook ahead of Privacy Shield

CNIL, the French data protection authority, came down hard on Facebook. It gave the social media giant only three months to stop tracking non-users' web activities and ordered a stop on data transfers to the U.S. Interestingly, this could mean more than just a French action. It could pressure the EU to follow suit instead of waiting on the Privacy Shield to fail or be approved as was originally the plan.

20th anniversary of 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace' met with call for Internet interdependence

Twenty years ago today John Perry Barlow, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, issued " A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace " at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Essentially, he was declaring independence from governments' control of the Internet. In theory, it seemed to many to be the ideal. In practice, the unfettered activities of malcontents, terrorists, content scrapers, plagiarists, copyright infringers, and others – including some big data practitioners-- challenged the wisdom of a lawless frontier.  

Safe Harbor deal tentatively struck between US and European Union

Just as 28 members of the European Union were closing in to punish tech giants for privacy violations, a Safe Harbor deal was struck to save the day. But maybe just for the day. A lot depends on what happens next.

FTC report offers guidance on avoiding discriminatory data use

Concerns over discrimination in big data use havehave grown over the years. Attempts to address this concern have met with mixed results. A new report from the Federal Trade Commission hopes to better guide companies in preventing discrimination and in complying with the law.

User online privacy tools on the upswing

Consumers and businesses alike are still concerned about the possible rise of a police state and a big brother-dominated world. That concern is leading to the rise of new privacy products and the appearance of a growing number of privacy tools. Within this trend lies a major shift: The U.S. loses and Europe gains as people continue to view the U.S. as the ultimate Big Brother and Europe as the best protector of individual privacy.

Big data's big attraction for regulators

The Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. just launched a Call for Inputs on the use of big data in the retail general insurance sector. It's the latest example of regulators' increasing interest in big data uses and abuses.

Spotlight: Supreme Court to decide if inaccurate data hurts people

The Supreme Court case centers on Spokeo, a site that aggregates data on people but almost always is inaccurate, but the implications of the decision will likely reverberate far beyond Spokeo. For a...

US Food and Drug Administration: 'There are no regulatory restrictions to using these technologies'

Leonard Sacks, associate director of clinical methodology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave a very interesting presentation at the N.Y. Academy of Sciences's "Mobile Health: The Power of Wearables, Sensors and Apps to Transform Clinical Trials" event. The big (and most welcomed) surprise to me was his assertion that "there are no regulatory restrictions to using these technologies." Here's what else he had to say regarding the collection of patient data through new devices and apps:

FiscalNote launches new tool to analyze state regulations

FiscalNote, a legislative tech startup, released a new product called Atlantis Thursday which aggregates and analyzes state regulations. Atlantis uses machine learning with government data to render legislator analysis, forecasted bill results, sentiment around proposed rules and regulations and related analyses.