The Threat of Predictive Policing to Data Privacy and Personal Liberty

December 27, 2022
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4 min
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Inaccurate information from data brokers can damage careers and reputations. It's time for US privacy laws to change how law enforcement and legal agencies obtain and act on data.

"Predictive policing" sounds like something from the plot of the movie Minority Report. However, it's a very real practice that relies heavily on data collected and disseminated by two of the largest data brokers in the United States — RELX and Thomson Reuters.

When we talk about big data, we tend to focus on companies such asAmazon, Equifax, Experian, Google, and Meta (formerly known as Facebook). These are mostly companies that commercialize data for marketing efforts, business decisions, product insights, and financial reasons. RELX and Thomson Reuters operate a little differently. These data giants broker data access, analytics tools, news, and research to libraries, scientists, large corporations, law enforcement, and other government agencies...

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