Big questions raised by big data image

Harvard Law Today, September 20, 2018
Lewis Rice, featuring Carmel Shachar (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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During the introduction to the book launch event for “Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics,” one of the editors, Harvard Law School Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, told a story about how powerful – and perhaps foreboding – big data can be. A man walked into a Target complaining that the store had sent his high-school-aged daughter information about pregnancy. But the father later apologized, after finding out that his daughter had in fact been pregnant. The large retailer had known that crucial piece of health information before her own father did.


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