Study imposes relationship between data mining, discrimination and privacy in the information society

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28 August, 2012

Nowadays, vast amounts of data are collected, stored and processed. When these data are used for automated decisions or selections, this could lead to unwanted or unjustified outcomes for the people involved. Therefore, data mining could even result in unacceptable forms of discrimination. Considerati’s Bart Schermer collaborated on a research on this phenomenon. In the book ‘Discrimination and Privacy in the Information Society: Data Mining and Profiling in Large Databases (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics)’, he examines this problem with a team of researchers and discusses discrimination and privacy issues related to data mining and profiling practices. Besides, it provides solutions to these problems. The book is available at

Nathalie Falot

Senior Legal Consultant

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