• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Information Technology in a Global Society - analysis of an article "Using data mining technology to help solve health and society problems, but is it also causing a privacy concern?"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

International Baccalaureate Information Technology in a Global Society Portfolio - 2 Using data mining technology to help solve health and society problems, but is it also causing a privacy concern? (Health and Society) July 2010 Word count: 974 Article: Analysis." ScienceDaily 18 December 2009. 25 June 2010 <http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091217141306.htm>. Table of Contents: Criteria A Presentation of the Issue .............................................................. p.3 Criteria B The IT Background of the Issue........................................................p.5 Criteria C The impact of the issue ..................................................................p.6 Criteria D Solutions to the problem arising ......................................................p.7 Works Cited ...............................................................................p.8 News Article: Privacy Concerns Could Limit Benefits from Real-Time Data Analysis.........p. 9 Criterion A: Presentation of the Issue Real-time data analysis technologies using mining techniques was once long use to help detect credit card fraud, but now it could be used in many more useful ways that could improve our lifestyles. Like reducing traffic congestions, give a new insight into human behavior and even improving health. But questions have been raised, how much of a person's life can be observed without getting too personal, but still enough that would help give the doctors enough information to improve their health issues? (Science Daily, 2009) Scientist would used real-time on people to study their interpersonal interactions and people go on their daily lives, which should help them get an idea of what their patient's day to day life is like which could help them, help the patient improve their health lives. ...read more.

Middle

Back in 1998, a drug store would send out reminders to their costumers who have not renewed their prescription medication. But soon criticism was received from costumers saying this was a violation in their privacy from their medication records. (Thearling, Kurt 1998) Even if it was just a reminder to their costumers, but in order to do so they would have at take a look into their costumer's files and medical records which could contain many sensitive and personal information. In issues of Privacy Times, Hendricks stated out that there are also many laws that could prevent from a successful data mining. These few laws could be found in the US, Canada and the European Union, that could impact the data mining directly or indirectly for the used of data mining technology by databases marketing organization. (Thearling, Kurt 1998) Thanks to these few law we might be safe from intentional or unintentional stealing of our personal data. But this is just a few laws, nowadays many could come up with loop holes that could make sure they would get the data they needed without going against these law. Criterion D: Solutions to Problems Arising from the Issue One approach to this problem is for example, hospitals analyzing medical records to see which treatment work best for a particle flue, they could use cryptography to encode the results, which would resolve in protect patient's privacy. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Until these issues are resolved, they are likely to be the limiting factor in realizing the potential of these new data to advance our scientific understanding of society and human behavior, and to improve our daily lives." Mitchell pointed out that the use of real-time data from individuals already has begun. In many cities, anonymous location data from smart phones is being used to provide up-to-the-minute reports of traffic congestion. Researchers have shown that by analyzing health-related Google queries from particular geographic areas, they can estimate the level of flu-like illnesses in regions of the U.S. before government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can provide estimates. Scientists are beginning to use real-time sensing of routine behavior to study interpersonal interactions as people go about their daily lives. Combining data sets could open up many new possibilities, as well as new privacy issues, Mitchell said. "For example, if your phone company and local medical center integrated GPS phone data with up-to-the-minute medical records, they could provide a new kind of medical service using phone GPS data to detect that you have recently been near a person who is just now being diagnosed with a contagious disease -- then automatically phoning to warn you." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Misc section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Misc essays

  1. English A1 HL - Detailed Plan &amp;amp; Commentary on Planting a Sequoia

    * How the other aspects of the poem [speaker, tone, structure, lack of a rhyme scheme] add to the poem.

  2. &amp;quot;Night&amp;quot; Commentary

    And the ghetto? And the train? Only a week ago? One night? One single night?" exaggerates the sense of a loss of time and disbelief at the swiftness of events - how so many distressing things had happened to him and his father in just one single night.

  1. Effect of Light intensity on the Anaerobic Respiration of Pygmy Chain Sword

    with the factor of light being divided into light intensity, length of exposure, and the wavelength of the light that the plant is exposed to. These factors influence the rate of photosynthesis and in turn the amount of carbon dioxide which is taken in from the atmosphere and the amount of oxygen that is released as a waste gas.

  2. The History &amp;amp; Development of Reflexology

    Whilst I have not managed to find any paid reflexologists in the Leicestershire NHS, there are other health professionals who are offering reflexology. There have been several instances that I have heard of in Leicester Royal Infirmary Maternity Wards, where midwives have offered reflexology treatments for pain relief during childbirth.

  1. Are Science and Religion Compatible?

    have been very carefully chosen, as it is difficult to explain why the big bang would have occurred, and brought about the creation of the universe, if it were not the result of an act of god who intended to create beings like us.

  2. ITGS portfolio Loss of employment and privacy issues regarding the rise of online grocery ...

    will be able to use the credit card and personal information to make purchases. Online grocery shopping will definitely affect the business and employment field. If online grocery shopping becomes the ideal choice of buying produces for everyone in the society then the issue of employment will be very severe.

  1. Supporting statement to study Law at Boston University.

    From there I knew that if I wanted to help my fellow Guamanians, the people who accepted my family and me with open arms about ten years ago as we fled the East Asian Riots, I needed a formal education and this is what I know I can attain from the program.

  2. Can the work of architect Le Corbusier be explored in the context of the ...

    This is relevant even if it is a simple problem of needing to produce a new piece of art to maintain an artistic reputation. The identifying needs and opportunity stage involves the designer being given or identifying a problem, need or opportunity that can be solved through the use of a product or better design.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work