Big Data's Impact on Privacy, Security and Consumer Welfare

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nir B. Kshetri, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the costs, benefits, and externalities associated with organizations? use of big data. Specifically, it investigates how various inherent characteristics of big data are related to privacy, security and consumer welfare. The relation between characteristics of big data and privacy, security and consumer welfare issues are examined from the standpoints of data collection, storing, sharing and accessibility. The paper also discusses how privacy, security and welfare effects of big data are likely to vary across consumers of different levels of sophistication, vulnerability and technological savviness.

Additional Information

Telecommunications Policy, 38(11), 1134-1145
Language: English
Date: 2014
Big data, Externalities, Privacy, Security, Personally identifiable information, Consumer welfare, Unstructured data

Email this document to