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January 8, 2013

From: Interview by Lars Mensel and Thore Barfuss, The European

Has data collection become too excessive?

I think it is inevitable. It’s just going to happen. Let me give you a personal example; you can find tons of data about me but until recently you could not find the names of my kids. I know enough about data and decided not to publish their names on the web. So they weren’t out there. But now they have their own Internet presence and can be found quite easily. When it comes to data, it is all about what we are willing to share.

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