Privacy International has prepared introduction articles and videos to explain the basic concepts behind big data and data protection:

What does ‘Big Data’ have to do with privacy? How does law enforcement intercept my phone calls? How does internet monitoring work? What do you mean by ‘mass surveillance’?

As modern society progresses with the aid of rapidly advancing technologies, you may have lots of questions about what the impacts are on your privacy. Privacy 101 tells you everything you need to know about how these issues affect your life.

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What is big data?

Big data is a term used to describe the application of analytical techniques to search, aggregate, and cross-reference large data sets in order to develop intelligence and insights.



What is data protection?

Data protection is commonly defined as the law designed to protect your personal information, which is collected, processed and stored by “automated” means or intended to be part of a filing system


What is metadata?

When we interact over our modern communications infrastructure, we send data about the communication that allows it to successfully reach its intended recipient. Traditionally this is what was called communications metadata.



Data 101 – Privacy International