I see two fundamental issues at play here: First, that the data exists; second, how it is used. We live in a time when a mind-boggling amount of data is being generated, and stored, on us, even without our knowledge. Every time we use the Internet, make a phone call, move our vehicle, turn on our microwave (right, Kellyanne?), we are feeding a vast network that records, stores and analyzes information about us.
And that data is then use against us - to target us with advertising, try to influence our vote, charge us with crimes, change our insurance profiles. Big data is not our friend, no matter how we are sold that bill of goods. It may be good for corporations, for law enforcement agencies, for political parties, but try to think of one instance where you, as an individual, has benefited. I'll wait.
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.
Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich