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Data mining privacy policies become a pressing concern

While some companies are worrying about the technical issues surrounding big data analytics and other advanced analytics programs, the U.S. Supreme Court is adding to the legal pile. In 2011, the high court ruled that pharmaceutical and data mining companies have a First Amendment right to the prescription records of doctors. That overturned a Vermont state law banning the sale of a doctor’s prescription data to drug makers without consent. In the wake of the ruling, analysts warned that the big data era is creating larger data mining privacy issues for organizations to consider.

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