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The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2019

From major acquisitions like Salesforce-Tableau, to the exploding use of AI and machine learning technologies, to increased consumer demands for data protection regulations, the headlines in the big data world in 2019 were, well, big.

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4. Growing Calls For More Rigorous Data Privacy/Protection Regulations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. In the U.S., meanwhile, there has been a seemingly never-ending stream of big data disasters: hacked customer databases, customer databases left unprotected on the web, and – most ominously – the misuse of user and customer data by online marketers, social media companies and others.

In July, for example, Capital One revealed that a hacker – a former programmer at the financial services company, had gained access to personal information from 106 million credit card customers and applicants.

Also in July, Facebook agreed to pay a $5 billion penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the social media giant mishandled user privacy practices and lost control over huge amounts of user data.

All this has led to growing calls for more rigorous data privacy and protection regulations in the U.S. In July, Sen. Ron Wyden renewed his push for data privacy legislation and urged passage of the Consumer Data Protection Act that he introduced in late 2018. And in September 51 top CEOs in the U.S. – including top executives at Amazon, IBM, Dell Technologies and JP Morgan –urged passage of federal data privacy legislation in an open letter to Congress.

California has gone it alone, creating the California Consumer Privacy Act that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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