Big data will face huge challenges around privacy

“Companies will be forced to address the ‘elephant in the room’ around their privacy controls and procedures. Gartner predicts that by 2018, 50% of business ethics violations will be related to data.”

A pretty bold statement the requires a bold explanation. CluedIn lives in the data world. We rely on data, we store data and we make the sharing and discovery of data as simple as possible. CluedIn is also the kind of product that is wanting to let data free within a company, not close it down so much that we cause all the problems you see in most companies today of information silos. However this is fundamentally different to the idea of privacy. At CluedIn we are about making public data more public and accessible. As for interesting data like Mail, our service offers the perfect balance or privacy and openness. So here is your guide on privacy settings within CluedIn.

What CluedIn can see?

As we spoke about in this previous post, CluedIn can only see what you give it permission to see. These permissions can be changed at any time, but in some cases require some processing time for us to completely remove the data from our systems. CluedIn will allow anyone in the company to find this data, but this does not mean that they will be able to see details about this data. CluedIn adheres to the security you set in the source of the data that you plugged in.

What you can see?

Put simply, you can see pretty much the same as everyone else. However in those cases where you were specifically denied access to read something in the tool that was plugged into CluedIn, you will also not be able to see the full details on that data. However you will be able to see that it exists, and some metadata around it. This could sound like a privacy issue, however I think it can be answered by posing one simple question.

If there was a file called “Salaries.xslx” that was in CluedIn and you saw that this file mentioned your co-workers however you didn’t see what they were paid, is this really something that is a privacy issue? Is it a surprise to you that your company has a file with all the salaries in it?

If you answered “No” then CluedIn is more than a perfect match for you, your team and your company – you can get started straight away right here. If you answered “Yes”, then we still have a perfectly secure and private way of using CluedIn.

What your team can see?

See above.

What your company can see?

See above.

Hopefully you can determine from our abrupt last 2 answers, that CluedIn is not about making a company more secret and isolated. It is about opening up a company to work as a company, not 300 individuals. The question that your business needs to ask is what is more important, secrecy or openness?

Team CluedIn



Tim Ward

Founder, Developer and Loudest Employee at CluedIn.