Databases of personal information have grown exponentially in number and in variety.
Whilst the techniques for building these databases have not changed in any fundamental way, opportunities for using the data have multiplied.
Data-mining algorithms can extract commercially meaningful patterns from extremely large amounts of information. By 2020, there will be some 50 billion devices in the world connected to the internet, all gathering and sharing data about us.
But who will own and control that data, who will have access to it, and how might the data be used?
This Horizon Scanning snapshot explores whether a future that compels us to surrender our data in favour of a more connected and seamless life is fraught with legal dangers.