The right to be forgotten: Is privacy sold out in the Big Data age?

Vincent Charles, Madjid Tavana, Tatiana Gherman

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The potential of big data has exceeded the expectations of most organisations. However, despite its vast importance and application, some important aspects of big data remain the subject of debate. One of the most sensitive and worrisome issues for big data is the privacy of personal information. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the major theories of philosophical ethics may be used as a referential framework for conceptualising the evolution of the concept of privacy of personal information in the big data era. We identify a gap in big data research and suggest that while privacy has been extensively explored in different settings, it has not been sufficiently studied relative to the social and technological changes in the big data era. We attempt to fill this gap by proposing that the study of privacy be closely tied to the evolution of the social structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-298
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Society Systems Science
Issue number4
Early online date28 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Big data
  • Data analytics
  • Information privacy
  • Ethics
  • Human rights
  • Personal information
  • Social change
  • Technological change


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