Ownership, Control and Transparency in a Big Data Society
Informationtechnologies are transforming our society at what seems to be an acceleratingpace. Data and information play a central role in all aspects of our lives—andtheir role is growing as digital sensors transform our actions into new data. Whilethis may bring many benefits, it also poses significant risks and challenges.
Bigdata and artificial intelligence dominate headlines with stories aboutself-driving cars, “smart” appliances and digital personal assistants. At thesame time, we are being told about massive data security breaches, stateintrusions on privacy rights, digital profiling, surveillance anddiscrimination through the use of big data.
AsCanada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, Dr. Teresa Scassa’s workexplores the interrelated concepts of ownership, control and transparency inthis rapidly evolving information context. She and her research team are examininghow claims to ownership of data and information are asserted, by whom, and onwhat basis. They are also exploring questions about the rights involved in accessto and use of data in the hands of others, and about how to achieve transparencyin data-driven decision-making in the public and private sectors.
Through her research, Scassa seeks to ensure thedevelopment of legal frameworks for data and information that are sensitive tothe needs and concerns of multiple stakeholders, and that ensure appropriatelevels of transparency and access in an increasingly data-driven society.