Monday, November 07, 2016

The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data - The New York Times

Related recommended reading: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

"The American Civil Liberties Union, citing reports that the Chicago Police Department used a computer analysis to create a “heat list” that unfairly associated innocent people with criminal behavior, has warned about the dangers of the police using big data. Even companies that make money doing this sort of work warn that it comes with civil rights risks.

“We’re heading to a world where every trash can has an identifier. Even I get shocked at the comprehensiveness of what data providers sell,” said Courtney Bowman, who leads the privacy and civil liberties practice at Palantir Technologies, a company in Palo Alto, Calif., that sells data analysis tools. He has lectured on the hazards of predictive policing and the need to prove in court that predictive models follow understandable logic and do not reinforce stereotypes."
The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data - The New York Times
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