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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

About the author >

David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approach and Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at or at (301) 754-6350.

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August 2006 Archives

AOL admits their goof in publishing huge amounts of search data that is questionably anonymized. The New York Times describes some details of the person identified through analysis of the released search data, as was reported in Martin McKeay's blog entry.

I always have a dual reaction to the uproar over the privacy issues associated with the release of this kind of data. First, I am amused that a big company like AOL doesn't have the governance controls in place to assess the public's reaction to the publication of what might be considered sensitive data. The second is surprise that "The Public" is concerned over the exposure of what they suddenly consider to be private information, when in fact the privacy policy states that the data may be presented to others in a nonidentifiable way ("(others) ...receive aggregate data about groups of AOL Network users, but do not receive information that personally identifies you"

Of course, AOL thought that the released data was presented in a way that did not personally identify anyone. The fact that others are able to extract identifiable information from presumably anonymized data should be a wake up call to AOL to review how their governance practices are deployed to ensure they are abiding by their own policies.

Posted August 10, 2006 5:50 AM
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I am a firm believer in providing multiple channels for conveying information about data quality, data integration, master data management, business intelligence, so I have undertaken a program to begin recording the text of my articles as mp3 files so that you can download and listen to them at your convenience. The first is my July, 2006 Business Intelligence Network article, Identity Resolution and Data Integration. Let me know what you think by dropping me an email (!

Posted August 4, 2006 7:47 AM
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