Big Data has become one of the hottest buzzwords in business. With it comes both pros and cons.
Big Data has become one of the world’s biggest business buzzwords, with good reason. It does have the power to transform human resources and talent management.
However, like any new jargon, Big Data does come with some baggage.
One of the “cons” is Edward Snowden, the “whistleblower” who exposed the NSA’s program of collecting vast quantities of American phone call records. He claims governments use Big Data to “spy” on its citizens.
It’s certainly odd that those who are advocating privacy have placed all the blame on the government. They miss one thing about those phone records.
Why should government get the bad rap, when major corporations (like Verizon) already collected the Big Data in question. It was already in their possession! Verizon simply turned over existing records to various government agencies.
Apparently, our “privacy” was no more comprised before the government got their hands on those records; before that, there was just a different set eyes looking at us.
Snowden is currently the subject of an international manhunt, to respond to allegations of treason, spying or (whatever the hell they say he did).