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Editorial: For Personal Data, Business Interests Shouldn't Trump Security

The era of big data has swept in and provided innumerous possibilities for business innovation and social governance. However, the security of data use often does not draw enough attention until major incidents occur and sound an alarm.

The latest case that triggered worldwide discussion involved Cambridge Analytica, a technology firm that secretly collected Facebook users’ information and used the large volume of data to affect the U.S. presidential election. Robin Li, Baidu Inc.’s CEO, also provoked heated debate online by saying that Chinese users are not sensitive to privacy and would trade some online privacy for convenience provided by internet services.

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