Safety in Numbers? Group Privacy and Big Data Analytics in the Developing World

  • Linnet TaylorEmail author
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 126)


This chapter argues that group privacy is a necessary element of a global perpective on privacy. Addressing the problem as a new epistemological phenomenon generated by big data analytics, it addresses three main questions: first, is this a privacy or a data protection problem, and what does this say about the way it may be addressed? Second, by resolving the problem of individual identifiability, do we resolve that of groups? And last, is a solution to this problem transferable, or do different places need different approaches? Focusing on cases drawn mainly from low- and middle-income countries, this chapter uses the issues of human mobility, disease tracking and drone data to demonstrate the tendency of big data to flow across categories and uses, its long half-life as it is shared and reused, and how these characteristics pose particular problems with regard to analysis on the aggregate level.


Drones Epidemiology Migration Ebola Mapping Satellites Mobile phones Kenya Sudan Africa Data mining Predictive modelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and SocietyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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