Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2010


Charles Weber

Course Title

Knowledge Management

Course Number

ETM 567/667


Data mining, Right of privacy, Data protection, Expert systems (Computer science), Knowledge management


As individuals engage in daily activities such as shopping, communicating, and interacting with organizations such as health care facilities, financial institutions, or government agencies, data about these activities is constantly being generated, collected, and stored for various reasons. Each person is linked to data records concerning many aspects of his or her life. Some of this data is basically inconsequential and will have limited implications if it falls into the wrong hands. Sometimes benefits can be attained from the collection of this data when individuals are rewarded for being good customers or patrons. However, some information is considered private and we must trust that the organizations that maintain this information will take adequate steps to prevent unauthorized access to this data. This collective data can be used for many purposes, especially when it comes to enhancing decision making. Data mining involves analyzing large stores of data in an attempt to unearth relationships [10]. By uncovering these associations, analysts can increase knowledge in many areas. The potential benefits are endless and can lead to the attainment of information that can save lives and prevent disasters. On the other hand, these same techniques can be used maliciously, with the intent to discriminate. Technologies must be employed that allow for the benefits of data mining to be realized while protecting the privacy of individuals.


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